LTTE war films to boost one candidate
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) is up in arms against the screening of LTTE war films shown on digital screens in many places in Colombo. The digital screens imported at around Rs 100 million per screen is meant to boost the image of a particular presidential candidate.
It had been continuing for more than a week, BASL President Upual Jayasuriya told the media yesterday.
Government had erected digital screens at prominent locations in and around Colombo to screen LTTE war scenes. On 15 digital screens in various locations in Colombo, these war scenes are being screened over and over again, while the police watch on, the BASL lamented.
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya told the media at the elections secretariat Tuesday: “The officers are taking every action to remove the digital screens as these are unlawful and can only be allowed at a rally being held and not otherwise”.
Jayasuriya said that the price of one single digital screen equipment is as high as Rs 100 million. It is a serious violation of the election laws and the law of the country.
As government is abusing State assets and engaging in unlawful acts, we keep complaining that the legal foundation of the country is non-existent. The cost of 15 such screens is Rs 1,500 million. These screens have been imported deliberately to boost the image of one particular presidential candidate. Already, I am in receipt of reports that digital screens have been erected at the junctions of Kollupitiya , Bambalapitiya, on the road to Battaramulla Waters Edge Hotel, opposite the Jayawardenapura General Hospital and St Mary’s Church , Dehiwala,” Upul Jayasuriya said.