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Educate the public about election laws, the consequences if laws are violated … EC Chief’s plea to the media

Mahinda Deshapriya

Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has urged the media to educate the masses about the election laws and the dire consequences they would face in case of violations of such laws. 

He made this plea to the media while he held a discussion with the editors of the print media at the Elections Secretariat in Rajagiriya recently. During the discussions, Deshapriya said:

“Newspaper’s help is needed to popularize election laws. Newspapers should publish what happens if election laws are violated. This election will cost Rs. 10 billion. Democracy is expensive. But totalitarianism is cheap. The public should be informed more about election laws than they are today.

A free media is also essentials as much as the voters, politicians and police. It is the responsibility of the media to bring people to the polling booth. It is the responsibility of the media not to keep voters away from the polling booth.
The media has a huge role to play in this year's election. At this election, newspapers have a more special duty than the television. Among the newspapers, Lake House newspapers have a greater role to play, because Lake House is a government newspaper. Candidates from the government side expect more space from the government press. As such, the Lake House will be heavily influenced by the election.

We have no intention of obstructing media freedom. We must act in a manner that ensures democracy. All candidates should get equal space.

Young journalists can do a good job. You can write a variety of features about the election laws. It should be of interest. The election is only three weeks away. When making a bill, the law is contained within the bill. We all know the law. Everyone should be made aware of it. Young journalists should be interested in this.

There is a lack of interest in the North and East elections. They should be encouraged. There are various views on holding elections. The media should take measures to propagate these issues without causing any problems.

The public should be reminded that the Coronavirus pandemic is not yet over. We must hold elections in accordance with quarantine laws.The elections will be held under quarantine laws.

So voters need not be afraid to come to polling stations. They will be provided with hand sanitizers before entering the polling booths and when leaving.”








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