Sri Lanka police instructed to ensure peaceful local elections – Minister Sagala Ratnayake

Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake says that the Sri Lanka Police will provide its fullest support to the Election Commission to conduct the forthcoming Local Government elections in a free and fair manner.

Minister Ratnayake said a program will be launched on the instructions of the Chairman of the Election Commission to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for the elections and all election related activities will come under the purview of the Senior DIG – Administration.

He expressed these views joining the handing over of nominations for several Local Government Bodies in the Matara District.

The Minister said as a tradition, senior DIG of administration is responsible for the election related activities and he has directed the necessary manpower under the instructions of the Chairman of the Election Commission to ensure holding a fair and peaceful election.

The Chairman of the Election Commission has given necessary instructions to the police on conducting a free and fair election and the police hope to assist the Election Commission according to those instructions.

He observed that certain individuals with vested interests have resorted to spread slogans that arouse communalism and religious hatred through social media targeting the elections.

The Minister stressed that stern action will be taken under the existing laws against those individuals.

“This election is a history changer. The United National Party is keen to give an example to all political parties through this election campaign. We have advised our candidates not to use polythene for campaigning. We have advised them to refrain from violence,” Minister Ratnayake further said.

The Minister stressed that as a party, the UNP will follow election laws and will not allow minor problems to divide communities.

Member of Parliament Buddhika Pathirana, Provincial councilors Chathura Galappaththi, Kapila Gamage, Gayan Sanjeewa, Chandana Priyantha and Ranjith Munasinghe were also present.

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