Elections commission bans ITN political programs
The Election Commission has suspended all the interviews, conversations and live telecasts of the Independent Television Network from November 4 until the results of the Presidential Election are announced.
President of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has written to the Chairperson of the Independent Television Network that such programs should be reported to the Election Commission in advance and recorded with the concurrence.
The letter also states that on several occasions they have been warned not to violate the media guidelines issued by the Election Commission.
However, Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has informed the Chairperson of the Independent Television Network that he has received a complaint that Presidential Candidate Gotabhaya Rajapaksa is acting prejudiced by a program aired on the 30th.