Commissioner urges candidates to ensure violence-free poll
ELECTIONS Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake called upon all
candidates to ensure a free and fair election sans violence on November
17 when he met Presidential candidates yesterday.
Making a special statement after receiving nominations from the 13
presidential candidates vying for the fifth executive presidency,
Dissanayake said the 2004 General Election marked the first instance
after 20 long years a curfew was not imposed in the immediate aftermath
of the polls.
He said that he hoped this precedent will be followed in the future.
Reading out election rules, he commented that the display of banners
and posters in public places will be completely banned.
Police would take action to remove the existing ones.
Requesting candidates to refrain from using polythene for election
decorations he said they should ensure that banners and posters would be
restricted to campaign sites.
The Secretariat has made arrangements for Party secretaries to get
voters' lists from the District Secretaries. - MF