Eastern Provincial Council Polls:
Tight security net for EP poll
Security arrangements are now in effect for all political parties to
engage in the Eastern Provincial Council elections campaign without any
difficulty and also for the voters to cast their vote in a violence free
environment, Eastern Security Forces Commander Major General Jammika
Liyanage told the Daily News yesterday.
"A strong presence of 20,000 Security Forces personnel apart from the
Police in the East will strengthen security in the Eastern province
especially for the Eastern polls," Major General Liyanage said.
Explaining special security arrangements for the forthcoming PC polls
in the East, he said that 40 additional platoons will be deployed during
the elections period.
"We are providing security for all political parties without any
difference to conduct their elections meetings. So there is no question
about conducting elections meetings in the East," he added.
Security has been beefed up after increasing the number of road
blocks, road pickets and mobile patrols in the East. The Eastern
Security Forces Commander also said that the Security Forces also have
sealed off the possibility for the LTTE infiltrate into the East by
deploying troops inside jungles and by improving the intelligence
network inside the province.
"Therefore there is no possibility for the LTTE to sabotage elections
in the East," he added.
He said so far no major incidents have been reported in the Eastern
province in the run up to the May 10 elections and added that Security
Forces and Police are determined to continue a similar record in the
coming weeks too in the East.
The close relationship between the Security Forces and the public has
also contributed immensely to improve security in the province.
"Under these circumstances we are confident that the May 10 elections
would be conducted in a free and fair manner," Major General Liyanage