President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ensured that maximum security will be in place to prevent election violations and provide a conducive environment for voters to cast their ballot at polling stations at tomorrow s North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Elections, Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardhana said.
Addressing the media in Colombo yesterday, the Minister said the UPFA will achieve a comprehensive victory at the poll and there was no reason for it to resort to violence to achieve this victory. It is obvious the parties who fear defeat would attempt to create violence.
We condemn and refute allegations of violence leveled against us, he said.
The Minister requested the individual candidates and the supporters of the UPFA not to engage in any election violations since victory is already theirs. The Government has already received a clear mandate from the people of both North Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces. It has been proved by the results of three independent surveys conducted recently, he said.
Under this survey , both UPFA Chief Ministerial candidates Berty Premalal Dissanayaka and Maheepala Herath top the list in the preferential vote by over 70 per cent, the Minister said.
People who live in rural areas have endorsed the Government s anti-terror drive and the prudent decisions taken to strengthen the economy. Despite the debilitation war the Government had never abandoned the development the country, he said.
The country has a vibrant economy and it is going from strength to strength. People have shown their absolute faith in the Government who had undertaken massive infrastructure development projects such as the supply of electricity, education, water and health facilities in the rural areas.
The Government is also receiving a good response from the farmers following the high paddy yield and good prices fetched for tea, and rubber.
He said a number of violent activities have taken place since the day of nominations.
All parties are guilty in this regard and one cannot point the finger at only one particular party for these incidents.
According to the complaints received at the National Polls Observation Center, 172 election violations have taken place in both North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. Of these , 83 complaints are from Anuradhapura, 25 from Polonnaruwa, 21 from Kegalle and 33 complaints from Ratnapura.. Fifty four complaints have been made by the UNP, 49 complaints from JVP and 62 complaints from UPFA, 3 complaints from the Ceylon Workers Congress too have been received and 4 persons have been arrested by police.
The UPFA election office in Kekirawa, was attacked by large crowd yesterday. Police couldn t access the place for a long time due to number of people who had stormed.
A Private Secretary of Petroleum Resources Development Deputy Minister Duminda Disanayaka was shot by a gang of armed persons in Eppawala yesterday evening