Election contest could heat up markedly – CaFFE

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 7 2020

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) organisation has said that the contest for the Digamadulla District related to the 5 August Parliamentary Poll, could heat up markedly, in comparison to the rest of the Districts.

CaFFE Executive Director Ahmad Manaz has stated that three areas in the Digamadulla District have already been identified as hotspots.

The three areas are Pottuvil, Saindamarudu and Akkaraipattu and CaFFE has observed that an escalation of hateful statements and remarks as well as acts of violence have already been witnessed from these areas.

Manaz has pointed out that the maiden act of damage caused to property in the coming Poll had been recorded from Akkaraipattu.

He explained that a vehicle carrying Samagi Jana Balawegaya Digamadulla District candidate Thavam had been attacked by an unknown group and CaFFE has stressed the importance of minimising acts of violence in the Poll campaigns and the need for the Police to curb such incidents and nab those engaging in such acts.

Meanwhile, CaFFE stated that it has been evident that most political parties that are conducting Election rallies had failed to follow social distancing rules to the letter to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

They have stated that let alone maintaining a distance of one metre at these rallies and meetings, even a distance of a centimetre had not been maintained.

CaFFE Director Surangi Ariyawansa said that it had been evident during the past few weeks that most mainstream political parties are not prepared to heed the instructions laid out for them by the Director General of Health Services (DGHS) in an effort to tackle the spread of the fatal illness.

She has stated that it is the duty of political parties to inform organisers of such political rallies and meetings, to advise those attending such events to adhere to guidelines issued by the DGHS to prevent the spread of COVID-19.       

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 7 2020

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