The Sunday Leader

Security To Be Beefed Up In Fragile Areas

By Waruni Karunarathne

Security will be beefed up in some areas by deploying the police Special Task Force and additional policemen in order to ensure a free and fair election.

The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said that the Commissioner of Elections, Mahinda Deshapriya, had issued instructions to strengthen security in vulnerable areas.

“The Election Commission insisted that in Vavuniya, Mannar, Puttlam and if necessary in Hambantota and Batticaloa, the Special Task Force and extra police troops will be deployed on election day,” CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said.

He said that very few incidents of election law violations and violence have been reported ahead of election day tomorrow.

He noted that the Police Department and the Elections Department have taken the necessary steps in preparation for the election tomorrow to prevent any incidents from taking place.

He also said that he expects the Police Department and the Elections Department to continue to ensure a free and fair election for people to cast their votes without fear or pressure.

Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has set up a special unit to record complaints related to incidents of fundamental rights violations on the day of the election.

Secretary and media spokesman of the HRCSL, Nimal Punchihewa told The Sunday Leader that the HRCSL decided to set up a special unit to prevent election related fundamental rights violations while casting votes.

“The unit will be set up in the HRCSL head office consisting of 10 members. The unit will be supervised by a Commissioner and the Secretary of the HRCSL,” he said.

According to Punchihewa, people can access the unit through their general line or the hotline 1996 to lodge any complaint related to human rights violations while casting votes. He added that if the HRCSL sees a necessity for the unit to continue after the election, they will take measures to make it functional to take up post-election complaints on fundamental rights violations.

This special body will function until 4p.m. on the day of the election.

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