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Polls violence incidents reach 158

by Sarath Malalasekera

Post nomination incidents of polls violence reached 158 yesterday, according to the Police Election Secretariat which received five complaints yesterday afternoon. One of them is Violation of Election Laws, while others were Election Offences, said DIG Jayantha Wickremaratne, who is in charge of the Violation of Election Laws.

Incidents were reported from Ampara, Negombo, Anuradhapura, Ratnapura, Kandy, Eheliyagoda, Walapone, Kegalle, Gampola, Gampaha, Kadawatha, Nugegoda and Chilaw police areas.

No major incidents have been reported upto yesterday morning said DIG Wickremaratne.Inspector General of Police Indra de Silva has directed all Senior DIGs and DIGs to obtain assistance as and when required from the three Armed Forces.

DIG Wickremaratne said that public assistance and cooperation during the election period are very important. Public could contact the nearest police station and supply information about trouble makers in the area.

All Police stations have been directed to entertain complaints regarding the violation of election laws from all candidates and from the public. The OICs of the Police Stations have been instructed to communicate with the Police Election Secretariat daily, DIG Wickremaratne said.

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