Curfew lifted for Election Nominations to be handed over

ECONOMYNEXT – The police curfew imposed on Puttalam, Chilaw and part of the Negombo district to prevent secondary transmission of the COVID19 virus is lifted from 8.00 am today until 2.00 pm to allow nomination papers for the upcoming general election to be handed over the police department said.

Curfews were imposed in the Chilaw, Puttalam and one police area in Negombo yesterday due to the high number of returnees from Italy living in those areas.

A statement released by the Police Media Division said that passengers travelling to the Bandaranaike International Airport can use their air tickets as curfew passes.

Police urged the residents of the areas under curfew to limit moving about in the community during the hours the curfew is lifted.

Vehicles passing through these areas are permitted to do so, the police said.

Sri Lanka’s opposition parties, election watchdogs and civil society has demanded that the government postpone the elections to prevent secondary transmission of the COVID19 virus.

The areas that are under curfew are:

Puttalam district: Mundalama, Anamaduwa, Kalpitiya, Wnathavilluwa, Puttalam, Saliyawewa, Pallama, Navagaththegama, Karuwalagaswewa, and Udappuwa

Chilaw District: Wennappuwas, Koswatte, Marawila, Chilaw, Madampe, Arachchikattuwa, and Dankotuwa

Negombo District: Kochchikade police area

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(Colombo, March 19, 2020)

  • Arjuna Ranawana

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