EC refuses to stifle media coverage on bond issue

Published : 1:00 am  January 20, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 

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  • We can’t stop media from discussing any topic
  • Tell us if you see instances of election violence

 

MB_1-3By Kelum Bandara 

Elections Commission (EC) Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday ruled out the possibility of stopping talk shows on local media on the controversial Central Bank bond transactions though the United National Party (UNP) had made a request to do so.

 However, Mr. Deshapriya told Daily Mirror he agreed to instruct media institutions to give the aggrieved party equal airtime to give their side of the story if they request it.   


The UNP had requested the Elections Commission to prevent telecasting the bond scam in a manner that would affect any party politically in the run-up to the local government elections.   


“We cannot prevent the media from discussing any topic. Instead, if there is any party or individual aggrieved by such coverage, we can ask that coverage be provided to them to give their side of the story,” he said.   


When asked about the latest measures taken by the Commission in relation to the upcoming LG polls, he said his office had requested the public to inform them of cases of election violence. “We need people’s help to identify instances where the election law is being violated,” he said.    

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