Election campaigning draws to a close

2019-11-13 at 17:15

All propaganda activities for Saturday’s Presidential Election will conclude at midnight today.

Candidates contesting the November 16th Election, have planned a number of rallies across the island.

Election monitoring bodies say during the electoral silence, that will commence at midnight today, voters must be granted the opportunity to reach an independent decision on casting the ballot.

Monitors have also urged the candidates to refrain from imposing undue pressure on voters during the cooling off period.

The Election Commission says it has not arrived at a decision to ban the use of social media platforms, including Facebook, during the 48-hour period ahead of the 2019 Presidential Election.

Speaking to media at the Department of Information today, Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said all electioneering activities including the use Facebook to promote candidates must end at midnight today.

He warned that the Commission may resort to banning social media platforms, if users continue to violate election regulations.

Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya added that private tuition classes should not become political platforms, during the cooling off period.

He said tutors should not unethically promote Presidential candidates amongst students.

On a lighter note, Elections Chief Mahinda Deshapriya said religious leaders can pray for the wellbeing of the Election Commission instead of prompting Presidential candidates during the electoral silence.