Plans to ban campaigning near schools
The Elections Commissioner is planning to impose a total ban on
election campaigns and the use of loudspeakers close to schools
designated as examination centres (during examination hours) at the
forthcoming polls to elect members to the Eastern, North Central and
Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils.
The GCEAdvanced Level examination is dated for August and the
political campaigning in the provinces holding elections is expected to
be in full swing during this time .
The Governors of the Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa
Provincial Councils declared the dissolution of the councils with effect
from midnight on June 27 . The Elections Commissioner is expected to
announce the date for the elections on July 19 when nominations close .
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya told media yesterday he
will will hold a meeting with political party representatives, education
authorities, the Police and other stake holders today to decide on the
"This is a request from the Examinations Department. We too agree
with it fully, and consider the request as a blessing in disguise to
prevent such acts. We will discuss it with political parties today and
those who disagree will be exposed," the Commissioner said. He said he
will propose to political parties to refrain from holding election
rallies, using loudspeakers and other propaganda which could affect the
education activities of students during the examination period.
Deshapriya said public and political activists should work together to
prevent such activities .