Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says there have not been any complaints of the army interfering in election work ahead of the provincial council elections in the north.
Deshapriya, who was on a visit to the north, said that even voters have not made any specific compliant of army harassment or threats.
“In general by saying the army is intimidating voters in a particular area cannot be taken as a complaint. There needs to be a specific incident reported. But we have not got specific or detailed complaints,” he said.
He also said that the army can get involved in election related work to assist the police only if he makes a formal request to the police chief. But so far he has not made such a request.
Deshapriya also noted that illegal posters and cut-outs were not seen widely in the north as compared to the other two provinces.
He also said that transport and special election centres will be setup for displaced voters on election day.
Deshapriya said that based on the current conditions in the north he is confident the election for the Northern Prince will be free and fair. (Colombo Gazette)