The government assured parliament yesterday that action would be taken to prevent further election related violence ahead of the local council polls on March 30.
Speaking during the emergency debate, Prime Minister and Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake said the government would even consider using the Army to help the police maintain law and order during the elections campaign.
The Prime Minister said if the necessity arose, the Army would be deployed on Election Day to provide security at polling booths and to patrol the streets.
He said this could be done using existing Emergency Regulations. With the TNA not attending sittings, parliament yesterday unanimously approved the extension of the State of Emergency for a further month.