Election laws are put in place by the Elections Commission for a reason: to keep propaganda from disturbing people’s day-to-day lives, and to save public and private property from posters. However, if candidates are carrying out propaganda, such material can be removed by authorities.
According to the Executive Director of CaFFE (Center for a Free and Fair Election), there is election propaganda in areas such as:
- Galle – Matara main road
CaFFE’s Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon says that if individuals are deliberately refraining from removing such illegal propaganda, the Elections Commission should consider them to be individuals who are disregarding their orders and election law.
“They are also in violation of Article 4 of the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. We call on the elections commission to take action against those who do their job in this regard.” said Tennakoon.
Mahinda Deshapriya, the chairman of the Elections Commission said “Some may think we are acting on the instructions of someone. All I can say is do something wrong or get someone else to do it and see what happens.”