Rs. 45M to be spent to remove election posters

2019-10-09 at 08:36

The Sri Lanka Police estimates over Rs. 45 million will be spent on removing illegal election propaganda material in the lead up to the impending presidential election.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Police Headquarters yesterday Media Spokesman Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara said labourers will be employed on a temporary basis at all Police stations to remove illegal election posters, cutouts and banners.

The Spokesman said a large cost will be incurred when removing political propaganda and police stations have been granted permission to employ temporary labourers to aid in removing such propaganda.

Accordingly he noted Police stations near Election centres will be allowed to employ three labourers while all other Police stations will be allowed to employ two labourers each.

The SP said permission has been granted to employee 1,045 labourers for police stations island wide to remove illegal posters and banners, while additionally Rs.45.8 million has been allocated for the removal of illegal political propaganda.

The Police Media Spokesman also explained the silent period that has been called ahead of the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha election.

He stated all rallies and propaganda pertaining to the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha Election is banned, accordingly, no loud speakers will be used to promote political propaganda for the Pradeshiya Sabha Election.

He explained this period is known as a period of silence, adding during this period strict attention will be paid to violations of election law.

He stated police have not received any complaints pertaining to the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha Election thus far, however, there was one incident of a violation of Election laws.

He noted there were no complaints but an arrest was reported, explaining that some individuals were arrested over promoting political propaganda by affixing a loudspeaker to a van.

The Police Spokesman stated two suspects were arrested over the incident and subsequently released on bail.