Party secretaries meet Elections Commissioner

Mahinda deshapriya_CIPolitical party secretaries, representatives and election monitors met Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya today and discussed preparations and issues related to the August 17 Parliament election.

United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said that this was the second such meeting held since Parliament elections were declared.

He said that at today’s meeting, the main focus was on the campaigning for the election by political parties and the rules and regulations in this regard.

Premajayantha said that a request was also made to the Elections Commissioner to allow representatives of the UPFA to be present at counting centers when the votes are counted after the August 17 Parliament election.

The Elections Commissioner had also agreed to a request to allow candidates to have one campaign office apart from the party office in each electorate.

Meanwhile, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that concerns had also been raised with the Elections Commissioner with regards to some statements made by the police.

He said that the police spokesman had made an erroneous statement saying no one can canvass for votes by visiting houses.

Silva said that the statement could give the wrong impression to the voter and the Elections Commissioner was urged to address the issue. (Colombo Gazette)