Government breaking the COVID rules at election meetings – SJB

The two-thirds gives President Gotabaya Rajapaksa the opportunity to restore power to the executive presidency. File photo of the president campaigning in Polonnaruwa in July

ECONOMYNEXT- The Samagi Jana Balavegaya is complaining that the governing Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna is not abiding by the COVID prevention regulations for public meetings laid down by the Elections Commission (EC).

The Party’s National Organiser Tissa Attanayake accused the EC of “turning a blind eye” to the recent rallies where Prime Minister and President participated violating these regulations.

Attanayake said that the EC gave guidelines to the opposition about certain restrictions when campaigning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“But in the rallies where Prime Minister and President participated, we did not see such restrictions put in place,” he said.

He added that the reason for not having those restrictions in place in those rallies is that the governing party is using its powers for their political campaign.

Over the weekend President Gotabaya Rajapaksa participated a number of election rallies in Polonnaruwa district in support of the governing alliance.

Attanayake pointed out that pictures showed large crowds gathered to see the President upon in his arrival at the rallies.

The Election Commission prohibited large scale rallies which are normally held during election times in order to control and prevent another outbreak of COVID-19 in the country

The guidelines issued limited the number of people attending propaganda meetings to a maximum of 100 people while maintaining social distancing. (Colombo/July6/2020)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe






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