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Police given body cameras to monitor polls

A first in any election in the country

The police were handed 71 body cameras by the election monitoring group People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) while the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) has provided 321 jackets, said Police Spokesman SSP Ruwan Gunasekara.

Addressing a media briefing at the Police Headquarters yesterday, he said that police will be armed with body cameras for the first time in Sri Lanka.

The cameras are for the purposes of patrolling and investigating election-related incidents or violence or acts of rigging and other monitoring activities, the SSP said. He noted that a group of selected police officers will undergo a training programme on using this equipment next Wednesday. These cameras would be distributed among all police divisions.

He noted that after the Presidential Election, these cameras would be used during crime arrests and protests where the recorded footage could be used in a court of law as evidence.

One of the intricate video cameras could be worn on the upper area of the jacket and another camera that had been donated could be clipped onto the belt or waist of the officer. “This is not something that is done in secrecy,” he said.

The Police Spokesman added that so far, a total of 41 complaints in connection with the Presidential Election had been received and 64 violations of the law had also been reported. The police have so far arrested 44 suspects in relation to these incidents of election law violations.

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