Western Province Chief Minister and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate at the Parliamentary election, Prasanna Ranatunga, filed a complaint with European Union (EU) election observers today over fears underworld members will be used by the ruling party during the polls.
Ranatunga had told the EU observers that United National Party (UNP) member and Minister of Public Security, Law and Order John Amaratunga has threatened to use underworld members and the police to win the election next week.
He told the EU observers that underworld groups were under control as a result of the actions taken by the former Government but now there is an attempt to allow such groups to operate once again.
Ranatunga claimed the underworld members working in collusion with the UNP are preparing to prevent UPFA supporters from using their vote at some locations on election day.
He also said that the UPFA does not have faith in the police since they are operating under Minister John Amaratunga. (Colombo Gazette)