Campaigning continues despite cancelled polls

Despite polls rescheduling, political parties continue with their election campaigns in areas where local polls have been postponed.

On account of petitions against nominations and continuing work to clear landmines and resettle displaced persons, the local elections have been postponed in a number of areas, including one Municipal Council, nine Urban Councils, and 56 Pradeshiya Sabhas.

A total of 226 cases of election-related violence, including two deaths in Rathgama, have been reported from around the country, according to the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections.

CaFFE claims that election violence has increased to the point that the police are no longer in control.
According to Police spokesperson Prishantha Jayakodi , 106 persons have been arrested, based on 110 election-related complaints lodged with the police.

Karu Jayasuriya, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, said the government was using thuggery to suppress public opinion.

Mr. Jayasuriya cited as examples the attack on Mr. Sajith Premadasa’s rally in Walasmulla and the assault on a UNP candidate from Beruwela.

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