Heightened security for main Presidential candidates
[October 20, 2005 - 9.00 GMT]

A Special Committee was appointed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga in the first week of August this year to review all aspects of security provided to the two main contenders for the Presidency.

Following the findings of this Committee of high ranking Police and Security Forces personnel, the President directed that all shortcomings be addressed immediately. Security for the two candidates was thus strengthened and they were provided additional security personnel, vehicles and other logistics as directed by the President.

In addition to these measures the Prime Minister has also been provided a contingent of trained and experienced personnel from the Presidential Security Division.

Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake was directed to personally contact Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and inform him of the recommendations of the Committee and to adopt measures to meet the inadequacies in Mr. Wickremesinghe’s security.

Security has also been enhanced for other Leaders and the Prime Ministerial nominees of the two major political groupings.
















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Last Updated Date: October 20, 2005 - 9.00 GMT


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Heightened security for main Presidential candidates