Mahiyanganaya electorate has been brought under the STF until the election for Uva PC is held and results are announced says Senior DIG Gamini Nawaratna.
This decision has been taken on a request made by the Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya after an Asst. Commissioner of Elections was threatened with death by UPFA Parliamentarian Thenuka Vidanagama and his brother Anura Vidanagama, a UPFA candidate for the Uva PC election, and their supporters.
At the discussion held between the Commissioner of Elections and secretaries of political parties the general Secretary of the JVP Tilvin Silva emphasized that all election officials should be given sufficient police protection.
However, political analysts have expressed concern regarding deploying STF when sufficient number of police personnel is available to provide such protection.