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Probe on processions held violating polls law

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Investigations are being held with regards to processions staged soon after the accepting of nominations for the August 17 Parliamentary elections closed on Monday.Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said that video footage and photographs of the processions are being analysed. Local election monitors reported election law violations at several locations around the island as the deadline for accepting of nominations for the August 17 Parliament elections ended on Monday afternoon. The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) said that processions including several vehicle processions were reported after the main political parties handed over their nomination papers to the respective District Secretariats.CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said that most of the election law violations were reported from Kurunegala, Galle and the Vanni Districts. He said that in the Galle District at least six processions were held in violation of election laws disregarding orders issued by the Department of Elections and the police.Tennakoon said that in the Kurunegala District several processions were held outside the town while in the Vanni District a candidate had attempted to travel by procession using over 120 vehicles from Silavathura to Vavuniya but was stopped at three locations by the police. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the police had been advised not to use force to disperse the processions and instead to take video footage of the processions and file legal action on the accused later.

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