Aug 04, 2020

"Police weren't given arms to brush their teeth" Featured

Chairman of the National Election Commission - Mahinda Deshapriya says that police officers were given firearms not to brush their teeth.

He was speaking during a media briefing held at the Information Department in Narahenpita yesterday (03).

The Chairman further said, “The North West election, the referendum and the 1981 Jaffna Development Council Election are the ones considered as the most corrupt ones in history. In 1981, ballot boxes were discovered from places they were not supposed to be. However, such incidents have not taken place in the last 40 years. Yet, there were reports of people storming into polling booths with axes and pointing pistols at the heads of officials. Even such incidents have not taken place in the present."

Mr. Deshapriya also assured that measures have been taken to keep the ballot boxes safe until counting commences and that rigging of ballot boxes will not take place.

Director General of Health Services - Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Commissioner General of Elections - Saman Sri Ratnayake, Director General of Government Information - Nalaka Kaluwewa, DIG in charge of Elections - Priyantha Weerasuriya and Police Media Spokesman - SSP Jaliya Senaratne were present at the media briefing.