Misuse of state power and public property on a rapid growth, PAFFREL says

Misuse of state power and public property on a rapid growth, PAFFREL says

21 October 2019 10:09 pm

The Election Monitoring Organizations state that the majority of complaints received so far in connection with this year's presidential election are related to the misuse of state power and public property in promotion of candidates.

They point out that many candidates are acting in violation of the Gazette Notifications issued by the Election Commission and the Presidential Elections Act No. 15 of 1981.

After the People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) commenced its surveillance, 48% of the 135 complaints, or 65 complaints, were received regarding the use of public power and public property for promotion of candidates.

PAFFREL states that the use of public property and state power to promote candidates in violation of all rules and regulations is increasing day by day. The organization also points out that public opinion is also being influenced in various ways.

However, compared to previous elections, there has been a low level of violence and no serious incidents of election violence have been reported so far.