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Sri Lanka lawmaker-hopefuls enter polls as lawbreakers: monitors

ECONOMYNEXT – Many candidates vying to be lawmakers at upcoming polls in Sri Lanka have kicked off their campaigns violating elections laws of the country soon after handing their nominations, Monday, election monitors said.

Many candidates have held illegal processions violating election laws.

Campaign for a Free and Fair Election (CaFFE), a Colombo based polls monitoring group said candidates of the United National Party, the United People’s Freedom Alliance and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna had broken election laws, holding illegal processions.

"Though strict rules have been announced it is sad to see them being violated," CaFFE said.

"However police had removed all decorations."

There were no processions in Anuradhapura, Hambantota and Kandy districts. But in many others such as Manna, Vavuniya, Nuwara Eliya, Kurunegala, Polonnaruwa and Galle, there were illegal processions, the monitoring group said.

CaFFE also released several pictures of candidates who were holding processions.


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