General election: Police seek safety gear

By Skandha Gunasekara

The Police have requested that all officers on duty be provided with the necessary health and safety equipment during the upcoming general election.

Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne said that the request had been made at a meeting held with the Election Commission (EC) last week.

“We asked the Commission to ensure that all our officers are given all the required personal protective equipment (PPE) to monitor elections under Covid-19 pandemic conditions,” SP Senaratne said.

He said the EC agreed, and that an official letter would be sent by the Police with regard to finer details including quantities.

“We are still in the process of calculating how many officers would be on duty during the election. Once we have determined those numbers, we will send an official letter with our requirements to the EC.”