General Election silent period from midnight

2020-08-02 at 07:17

Carrying-out propaganda activities for the 2020 Parliamentary Election will be prohibited from midnight today.

The National Election Commission announced that the ‘silent period’ will come into effect from midnight today in order to allow the public time to evaluate the policies presented by candidates, before casting ballot on the 5th of August.

During the ‘silent period’, the Election Commission said it will carry-out a number of poll related activities including preparation of polling centres, officers reporting to poll duties, transporting ballot boxes and the deployment of security officers.

During the ‘silent period’, political parties, independent groups and candidates have been banned from conducting propaganda meetings, conducting pocket meetings, visiting residences to canvass, distributing handbills, displaying advertisements, posters, placards and banners.

No propaganda activities can take place via print or electronic media or via social media platforms as well.

The Election Commission instructed all police officers through the Acting Inspector General of Police to pursue legal action to prevent illegal activities from taking place during the ‘silent period’.

The Commission meanwhile requested political parties, independent groups and candidates to extend support for the conduct of a free and fair election and to abstain from carrying-out illegal propaganda activities from midnight.

Voting for the 2020 Parliamentary Election will get underway at 7am on Wednesday with polling centres scheduled to close at 5pm on the same day.

The final rally of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will be held in Tangalle this evening.

The final rally of the United National Party will take place at Deans Road, Maradana under the patronage of party leader former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya final rally will take place in Hulftsdorp while the rally of the National Peoples Power led by leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake will take place at the Jumma Masjid Road in Hulftsdorp.