He said that over the next week the Department will communicate with the political parties which will contest the polls and also confirm the symbols to be used. He also said that elections laws will be implemented strictly to ensure a free and fair election.The Elections Commissioner said that political parties and candidates contesting the polls will be asked not to use the National flag or religious flags when campaigning.He also said that the campaign office of one political party contesting the election cannot be used to promote another political party also contesting the election. The Elections Commissioner said that there are 64 registered political parties in Sri Lanka.However he says there are issues over the secretaries of 4 political parties which need to be rectified soon if those parties are to contest the August election. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says he will be writing to all the registered political parties seeking clarity on who will be contesting the August 17 Parliament elections.Deshapriya told reporters today that the Department of Elections has been given the minimum number of days to prepare for the Parliament elections. He said that strict regulations will also be in place for state media on election coverage while private media will be requested to also fall in line with those regulations. (Colombo Gazette) The use of loud speakers will also be limited to only within the venue of the election related meeting or rally during the campaign period. But he said the Department will prepare for the election within the time it has in hand and ensure everything is in place by election day.