JVP to petition HRC over election violence

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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has said it would file a petition at the Human Rights Commission on tomorrow citing the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya as a respondent.

JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath told a media briefing that party candidate Sugath Balagalla and Sunil Watagala who is in charge of the party’s legal matters would file the petition.

“Elections Commissioner will have to go before the Human Rights Commission and say why he failed to take action to stop the election-related violence and the violation of election laws being blatantly carried out by the ruling party candidates,” he said.

Mr. Hearth said the Mr. Deshapriya had failed to take action despite being provided with all the details and the evidence on the violence and the election law violations.
He said the Elections Chief had informed them that he had ample proof of ruling party candidates having violated election laws during the campaigning in the Uva Province.

Mr. Herath said the 18th Amendment had prevented the Elections Chief from taking proper action to make sure that the electins to the Uva Provincial Council elections was free and fair.

“The 18th Amendment had made the EC a ‘Weda Bari Tarzan’,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 5

  • peace Monday, 01 September 2014 10:05 AM

    Writing on water

    Izmy Sunday, 31 August 2014 10:11 AM

    Knowing that EC is helpless why waste time going before HR.

    JVP Monday, 01 September 2014 08:05 AM

    JVP knows well that they are going to loose another !

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:03 PM

    Nothing will happen as the government is hell-bent on winning the UVA election by hook or by crook, by denying the other political parties a level-playing field, intimidating them and misuse of public property. Less said about the EC the better because he is just another servant of the governing party who must be eyeing some lucrative foreign posting after his retirement just like his predecessor with "aathathiya" did. He must be enjoying the nick names he has been called such as puppet, scare-crow, pin padi kaaraya and now "weda beri tarzan"

    Darrak Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:21 PM

    What's the point? No action will ever be taken.


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