Sri Lanka police to remove all cutouts targeting presidential poll

10:52, December 14, 2009      

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Sri Lankan Police Chief Mahinda Balasuriya said on Sunday that all posters, banners and cutouts targeting the forthcoming presidential election would be removed soon.

Balasuriya told reporters at the Media Center for National Security that President Mahinda Rajapakse had instructed him to remove them.

Common presidential candidate for opposition parties, former Chief of Defense Staff Sarath Fonseka said there are thousands of posters, banners and cutouts of incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse in every 10 meters in Colombo and it is violating Sri Lanka's election law.

Sri Lanka's leftist party JVP or the People's Liberation Front leader Somawansa Amarasinghe said there is a massive cutout opposite the Department of Elections too.

Balasuriya said Rajapaske told him to remove all cutouts of the president displayed in public before the date of nominations (Dec.17) to ensure that election laws are carried out to the letter.

He said according to the president's order he has directed police stations in the country to remove all the cutouts targeting the presidential poll to be held on Jan. 26, 2010.

Balasuriya added that the Elections Act of 1981 empowered the police to execute certain responsibilities and functions and the police would strictly adhere to such provisions this time.

Source: Xinhua
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