Election law violators to be arrested without warrant
By Faadhila Thassim
Director of the Police Legal Division, SP Ruwan Gunasekera said, any individual who contravenes provisions of the Sections 68(1) and 68(2) of the Parliamentary Elections Act, No. 1 of 1981, on the day of the General Election, will be arrested without a warrant.
According to Section 68(1), no person is permitted within a distance of 500 metres of a polling station to canvass for votes, solicit the vote of an elector, persuade any voter to not vote for any particular party or independent group, persuade any voter to not vote at the Election or to distribute or exhibit any handbill, placard, poster, drawing and photograph of a candidate, or a notice relating to the Election.
According to 68(2), no individual is to disturb the operations at a polling station. He added that although certain Election offices of candidates are permitted to operate on the day of the Election, including those held at private residences of candidates, these are prohibited from operating within a 500 metre radius from the gate of a polling station on the day of the Election.
Director of Police Elections Division, SSP Ashoka Dharamsena said 82,091 officers including Police officers, Special Task Force officers and Intelligence Services officers will be on Election duty and therefore, the necessary security required on the day will be managed by these officers. He added that Police officers have also been provided with cameras to record malpractices that could be produced as evidence before Court.