United National Party (UNP) Deputy Leader Karu Jayasuriya has written to the Elections Commissioner asking him to reveal the results of the investigations into the incident where ballot papers marked in favour of presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka were found in a drain near the Ratnapura Technical College.
Mr. Jayasuriya said in his letter that though the elections department initially responded to this allegation sarcastically, later it was accepted as factual.
He alleged that none of the previous elections had been conducted in an impartial manner as pointed out by election monitors and recalled how the instructions given by the Commissioner himself were callously and continuously disregarded during election time.
Mr. Jayasuriya said with the 17th Amendment to the Constitution now virtually repealed, it was the duty of the Commissioner to uphold the rights of individuals to exercise their franchise at elections independent of external influences.
He urged the Commissioner to inform the country before the March 17 local council elections as to what he would do with regard to the incident in Ratnapura during the presidential election. (Kelum Bandara)
Comments - 8
rana Saturday, 05 March 2011 04:39 AM
It will be washed away as that has been done to the election petition of SF. Naduth Hamuduruwange, Baduth Hamuduruwange.
mwta Saturday, 05 March 2011 04:38 AM
Do Not ask questions. He is helpless. He will be under "house arrest". His mobile will be taken. Another person (minister) will become the EC. Rupavahini workers will be sent on compulsory leave.
Yehiya-Doha Saturday, 05 March 2011 04:54 AM
I done lot of miracle to this department. Start with sticker.
Manujer Saturday, 05 March 2011 05:45 AM
No. EC will get benefits like foreign tours, etc. at public cost as before. Do not fool him.
Palitha Friday, 04 March 2011 08:56 PM
EC's reply: I am having an 'athathiya'. Please don't remind me of past things.
Jay Ranaweera Friday, 04 March 2011 09:55 PM
When the election day is more closer, many such wild & unfounded allegations will come out of these bankrupt politicoes.
noxurs Friday, 04 March 2011 11:01 PM
Dont expect justice from EC.
Farris Saturday, 05 March 2011 02:03 AM
Elementary my dear Watson, Elementary The matter is conveniently washed down the drain, to the advantage of - you know who
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