Sri Lankan monitors: Election laws violated

21:17, March 23, 2010      

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Candidates across all of Sri Lankan political parties are guilty of illegally displaying propaganda material in the run-up to the April 8 parliamentary election, monitoring groups said Tuesday.

"It is a serious problem when all parties violate the rules," Rohana Hettiarachchi, the executive director of People's Action for Free and Fair Elections told reporters.

Elections chief Dayananda Dissanayake had asked police to remove all cut-outs, banners and posters displayed at public places related to the election.

But police made little progress and they complained of short supply in manpower to pull down the material.

"Police have failed to do it," D. M. Dissanayake, the co- ordinator of the Center for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) said.

Election laws do not permit public display of propaganda material in the election campaign, but laws are being breached, the monitors said.

Source: Xinhua
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