Colombo, Dec 21 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s Law and Order Minister, Sagala Ratnayake, on Thursday warned of stern action against any individual stirring up racial or communal hatred during the upcoming local government polls.
Ratnayake said following the instructions of the Elections Commission, the police would take maximum steps to ensure a free and fair election and immediate action would be taken against individuals stirring hatred through false propaganda.
Ratnayake further said that candidates from the main United National Party, led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would adhere to all election laws whilst steps would also be taken to strengthen unity among all political parties.
“This election will be a historic one,” Ratnayake told reporters.
“We have already instructed our candidates to refrain from resorting to violence. With the intention of carrying out an environmental-friendly election campaign, we have also advised them not to use polythene for election propaganda,” Ratnayake added.
Meanwhile, Police Spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara said that so far nine complaints have been received regarding the forthcoming Local Government election.
Gunasekara said that the incidents reported included assaults, threats ,and damage caused to posters and cutouts.
Sri Lanka will conduct polls on Feb. 10 to elect members to the nation’s 341 local authorities.