The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) says that the large election cutout of UPFA candidate Anuradha Jayarathne, erected at the Old Bridge along the Gampola – Nuwara Eliya road was removed today (August 9).
This action was taken after CaFFE complained to the Commissioner of Election of this brazen election law violation and managed to generate massive media publicity through continuous campaigning, a CaFFE statement said.
“It was revealed by several stakeholders that the Gampola police provided security for the illegal propaganda material and that there is an election office of Jayarathne near the cutout. We are glad to note that the Commissioner has taken action regarding this cutout within two days. In addition other illegal propaganda material in Central and Northwestern Provinces have been largely removed due to continuous lobbying, campaigning and awareness building by CaFFE and the publicity given by media institutions,” CaFFE said.
“The usage of illegal election propaganda materials has lessened to a degree through continuous lobbying and publicity given by the media. We are glad that relevant authorities are taking action regarding illegal election propaganda as continuation of such brazen activities would have lead to a further election law violations,” said CaFFE Executive Director, Keerthi Tennakoon.
CaFFE believe that through continuous campaigning and lobbying the misuse of state property, election law violations and election related instances of violence could be minimized ensuring a free and fair election.