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Police arrests 22 candidates for violating election laws in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – Twenty-two candidates were arrested for violating election laws during the so called silent period leading up to today’s parliamentary polls in Sri Lanka, police said.

Police Media Spokesman SSP Jaliya Senaratne said the candidates were arrested along with seven vehicles relating to 19 incidents of violating election laws during the one and half-day silent period that began at midnight August 2. During this period, all propaganda and campaigning activities for the polls must cease, as declared by Sri Lanka’s Election Commission.

Arrests were made in nine incidents of distributing handbills and pasting posters, four incidents of displaying cutouts, banners and flags, a motorcycle parade, two incidents of possessing model ballot papers, one incident of keeping food items for distributing and two incidents of violence.

Police have received 376 complaints so far since the election was announced, said Senaratne. The complaints include 93 criminal complaints and 283 election violations

Based on investigations into these complaints, police have arrested 7 candidates and 455 supporters along with 140 vehicles including 3 government vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has received a total of 7,604 complaints relating to violations of election laws so far since the day the election was announced. (Colombo/Aug5/2020)

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