Army Chief wants data on candidates contesting polls

  • Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake says the Army must have information on the candidates contesting the Local Government (LG) elections.

    Speaking to the BBC Sinhala service, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said that gathering information on candidates and other key members of society does not mean they are being monitored.
    However he says if a situation arises where those candidates or others need military protection then the Army needs to have background information on them.

    “There is no point waiting for a situation to arise to begin gathering information,” he said.

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