polls: Less interest, lacklustre campaign
Despite Provincial Council elections being around the corner, the
enthusiasm among people for the election appears to be low, as campaigns
have taken a rather low profile.
comparison to the last general election held on April 2, activity
in election campaigns has died down with a lesser number of political
meetings being held and canvassing done.
enthusiasm in the election campaign of the Southern Province, which
was very high at the last parliamentary election, has noticeably
dropped this time. So far political parties have held hardly any
major political meetings while even pocket meetings have been reduced.
reason for the lacklustre campaign has been that police have been
strict in tearing posters of candidates. Police last week arrested
four UPFA supporters who were putting up posters of a UPFA candidate.
However no major incidents of violence have been reported from the
election campaign among political parties in the Kandy district
too has not been very high. Most candidates are seen canvassing
in towns and villages in Kandy using few vehicles while people are
showing only a little interest in the campaigns.
is the same picture in the Anuradhapura district with a lack of
enthusiasm among people there in the forthcoming election. Though
no major incidents of violence have been reported from the Anuradhapura
district a UNP supporter was injured last week after he had been
shot at by another group. On Friday the UNP political office in
Kekirawa had also been attacked and property damaged.
interest in the Western province too seems to have dropped notably.
The three districts Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara which were full
of activity during the last election are experiencing a lull.
said that no major incidents have been reported from the Western
province except for a few minor incidents. They said they have been
very tough in tearing down posters and cut-outs of candidates in
order to observe election laws.