Election law violations:
Police to take stern action
Police warned that stern action will be taken against election law
violators and requested the public to assist the Police and Security
Forces to hold a free and fair election.
Over 68,000 police personnel have been deployed for election duties
today, sources said.
Police Election Unit Senior DIG Gamini Navaratne said around 85,000
police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order during the
Presidential race, while 68,000 will be involved in election duty.
“Each polling station will be provided with two to three police
personnel to monitor and guard the polling centre. In addition, Security
Forces and the STF will be deployed to assist the police to carry out
the election duties,” he added.
Police already has dispatched ballot boxes to 11,155 polling stations
He said police will be involved in dispatching ballot boxes to the
polling stations, providing security to the polling stations and
The police will also carry out post election duties. Navaratne said
police will take stern action against trouble makers and election law
violators. “We request the public to cast their vote as early as
possible and stay indoors after casting their votes.
They also should not to stay near polling booths or wander around
during election day.” Police expect support from the Presidential
candidates and their organizers to avoid violence on election day and
conduct a free and fair election.
He noted that nearly 975 election related complaints have been
received by the police. Five percent of them related to election
violence. “Four persons were killed and 375 suspects were arrested. They
will be prosecuted after investigations,” he added.