Inspector General of Police Mahinda Balasuriya yesterday said that he would deploy 58,700 police personnel for election duties. In addition another 19,500 personnel from the three forces, Army, Air Force and Navy - will also assist the police during the April 8 elections and the post election period.
The IGP addressing the media yesterday morning at the Police Headquarters said that 7,620 candidates are contesting in the forthcoming general elections.
The Police are geared to face any situation during and after the elections, the IGP added. “Our main aim is to maintain law and order during the election period. To achieve this objective the police need the maximum assistance of the candidates and the public,” the IGP said.
The IGP emphasised that he had directed the Senior DIGs and DIGs of the nine provinces to advise their respective Officers in Charge of the Police Stations to remove all cut-outs and hoardings before April 5 midnight.