Fewer incidents of election violence - Police
A few incidents of election violence compared to the number of
incidents in the previous elections was reported yesterday, Police
sources said. The Police Elections Monitoring Desk had received 156
complaints by 5.00 pm yesterday from the Western and Southern Provinces,
Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said.
The police arrested 145 people from nominations day and most of them
were violations of the election law.
Eighty-four people were taken from the Western Province, and 67 from
the South were taken in for questioning. One killing had been reported.
The police took in for questioning five people yesterday morning who
were pasting posters and distributing handbills in Galle, Anguruwathota
and Mt. Lavinia.
Security in both provinces had been beefed up with a strength of
26,000 police officers backed by Police Special Task Force personnel
deployed at polling centres and counting centres with additional road
barriers, SSP Rohana said.