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Arrangements in place for polls

Mar 15, 2011 6:55:07 AM - itnnews.lk

All propaganda activities for the Local Government polls gave concluded. All arrangements are also in place for the conduct of the polls.

The period granted for political parties for campaigning drew to a close at midnight yesterday. Accordingly propaganda meetings and the display of posters are totally prohibited from today. About 3000 officials will be deployed at Counting Centres. The Officials assigned for duties left for their relevant polling centers today after special training

Meanwhile, all bars and liquor outlets would be closed in the areas where local government elections are being held. Commissioner General of Excise Department, Wasantha Hapuarachchi said excise officials in the respective areas are directed to observe those who flout the law. He said stern action would be taken against them while they would be produced in courts, added the Commissioner.

.Miniser Kumaa Welgama has given instructions to the Railways Planning Director to operate a special train service on behalf of Government Officials and security personnel who are deployed for election duty.  Accordingly special trainings will operate from Colombo Fort to Anuradhapura and Matara.  The Private Transport Services Ministry has taken initiatives to operate 500 additional buses to cater to the needs of the people leaving for their home towns to exercise their franchise.