Polls comparatively peaceful - Police 85 candidates arrested for violations

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By 2018-02-13

BY Kavindya Chris Thomas

Only 85 out of almost 50,000 candidates, in the Local Government Elections, were arrested for misdemeanours, which, in comparison to previous elections, proved that it was held under peaceful circumstances, Police said.

The Police added that no serious incident was reported during the post-Elections period. Police Media Spokesman, Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara, addressing the media yesterday (12) noted that since the day of the nominations and until 11 February, the Police had arrested 85 candidates on various charges of criminal behaviour that violated election laws. He emphasized that in comparison to previous years, such a small number of suspects proved that the Elections were held in an orderly fashion.

Gunasekara noted that overall 668 suspects had been arrested for election law violations since last December. The arrested candidates are currently out on bail. He opined that even if the arrested candidates secure a seat in the Elections, if a Court convicts them, they will be stripped of their positions by the Election Commission.

He noted that only a slew of incidents where election laws were violated, were reported in the immediate fallout of the Local Authority Elections on 10 February and the subsequent results day. He further noted that 45 election related complaints were received which had resulted in the arrest of 10 suspects. The Police Spokesman noted that four of them were candidates in the recently concluded Elections.

The Police Spokesman also advised against holding rallies or marches as they are prohibited for the next couple of days. Furthermore, Police mobile units will be in operation island-wide as well.

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