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Elections Commission wants election posters removed from private buses and Tuk-tuks

Chief Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya announcing the postponement of the elections

ECONOMYNEXT – The Elections Commission (EC) is warning candidates not to display their posters or photographs on privately owned vehicles, except for the one they are travelling in as it violates Election Law.

In a statement issued today July 9, the Chief Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that complaints have been received that posters are appearing on private buses and other vehicles.

“Slogans, signs, stickers and flags” are appearing on cars, buses and three-wheelers, Deshapriya said.

This he said is an offence under the Elections Act of 1981 “therefore action should be taken forthwith to remove said materials from buses, three-wheelers and other private vehicles if any.”

The Commission said that instructions have been issued to all Police stations through the Deputy Inspectors General so that Officers-in-charge conduct random patrols and remove the offending publicity materials. (Colombo, July 9, 2020)

Edited by Arjuna Ranawana

 

 

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