Police to get tough against miscreants
“We are strong and organised to face any situation during the general
elections 2010 and post elections. If any person or persons attempted to
create problems or disturb the peaceful elections they will be severely
dealt with according to the law, said Inspector General of Police
Mahinda Balasuriya yesterday afternoon addressing the media at the
According to a directive from Elections Commissioner Dayananda
Dissanayake the Police have done an excellent job by removing 16,325
cut-outs, 6556 banners, 21,102 flags and 28,735 posters before the
election day, the IGP said.
The IGP appealed to all the agents of candidates who are allowed to
enter the counting centres to avoid taking their Mobile telephones into
the centres. If any agent is found with the Mobile telephone, he will
not be allowed to entre the Counting centres, the IGP said.
The Police election desk had received 298 complaints. Police have
arrested 311 suspects and 206 suspects are to be arrested. Only one
major incident reported, a murder, other complaints are not serious. No
of complaints received by the Police during the general elections are
very much less than the complaints received during the Presidential
Elections. During the Presidential Elections police received 826
complaints, the IGP said.
The IGP emphasised that the Election Laws are valid till April 15.
To conduct fair and peaceful election the Police had deployed 58,700
police force for the elections to be held tomorrow. In addition to the
Police force 19,500 personnel from the three forces, Army, Air Force,
Navy and STF-Vice squad will also assist the police during the elections
and the post election period.
Each candidate will be allowed to have their head office within 500
metres from the polling-booth, the IGP added.
The Police also will have 2584 mobile units to patrol during the day
and night on election day with three policemen and two persons from the
forces, in a single unit, in order to provide maximum security for the
voters, the IGP said.
The Elections Commissioner had indicated to Police that if any major
incident takes place in any of the polling booths, that he will cancell
the election in that area, the IGP said.
Maximum security will provide for transporting ballot boxes to the 22
counting centres. Each candidate would permit one person to follow the
vehicle carrying the ballot boxes to the counting centres, Senior DIG
Navaratne said .
Crimes DIG Anura Senanayake, Police Media Spokesman Senior SP
Priyasath Jayakody and Chief Inspector Rohan Gamage of the Police Media
unit also participated at the conference.