Rosy's FR petition dismissed

16 May 2016 09:09 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Supreme Court today refused to grant leave to proceed with the rights petition filed Rosy Senanayake seeking a recount of preference votes polled in the Colombo District at last year's general election.

The Bench comprised Chief Justice K.Sripavan and Justice Upali Abeyratne.

The petitioner sought recounting of preference votes particularly secured by her, Hirunika Premachandra and Mano Ganeshan.

The Elections Commissioner, Colombo District Returning Offer, the Attorney General and 22 others were cited by her as respondents.

The petitioner said the votes she had polled at some of the polling divisions and the votes secured by some of the other candidates had been arbitrarily, illegally and unlawfully altered by the election officials when entering them into the computer system.

She said the Elections Commissioner’s office had not issued passes to enabling counting agents of the party to be present in the computer room at the time the written statements were being processed and entered into the computer system.

Ms. Senanayake said she was unaware of the irregularities taking place in the computer room and as such was unable to exercise her rights as a candidate to request a re-count of the preference votes.(SS Selvanayagam)


  Comments - 10

  • Veda-mama Tuesday, 17 May 2016 03:57 PM

    Exactly, It's an extremely fair request that was rejected.

    Henry Tuesday, 17 May 2016 05:03 PM

    Was the Computer Jil Mart in action during the last election? True colors of Transparency, Right to Information are emerging!!

    Kiris Baba Amaray Tuesday, 17 May 2016 10:18 AM

    Very unfair to Rosy. Her request was very reasonable.

    J Palitha Tuesday, 17 May 2016 10:19 AM

    For sure Rosy has got the maximum votes from her valid supporters, no doubt. Her request should have been considered - a, recount.

    Manuel Benjamin Tuesday, 17 May 2016 10:21 AM

    Rosy took a lot of trouble to make UNP in power. For sure, she got the max. votes and won, something went wrong. However, a recount would have been the best option.

    Vijith Pieterz Tuesday, 17 May 2016 10:24 AM

    Madam Rosy, don't worry - one fine day, we will make you the first Women PM (from the UNP). You really deserve that.

    Sincere Tuesday, 17 May 2016 11:42 AM

    Will a re-count as per her request go against the constitution and aspirations of the masses of this country?

    Sincere Tuesday, 17 May 2016 11:43 AM

    To understand what evil is one should have a moral frame of mind!

    onlooker Tuesday, 17 May 2016 03:23 PM

    Rosy, be aware , a black defender is following you,

    onlooker Tuesday, 17 May 2016 03:25 PM

    Yes even Ranil lost his seat before jumping to colombo, but he was up in preferential votes.

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