Gota did not submit renunciation docs: EC Chairman confirmed to us - Upul Jayasuriya

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Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has informed us that SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has not submitted any document regarding the renunciation of his US citizenship to the Commission, President’s Counsel Upul Jayasuriya said yesterday. 

Addressing a news briefing, he said EC Chairman had conveyed this to their fellow President’s Counsel Thisath Wijegunawardene when he inquired this from the Chairman.

However, Attorney Ali Sabry said on Sunday that all documents related to the renunciation of Mr Rajapaksa’s US citizenship were handed over to the Elections Commission a few months ago.

Rejecting these claims, President’s Counsel Jayasuriya said Gotabaya Rajapaksa had not submitted any of the documents related to the loss of his US citizenship at any occasion.

“It is a question to be asked as to why the relevant documents were not submitted when the nomination was handed over to the Commission. The documents should have been submitted at that point without leading this issue to such a quandary,” Jayasuriya said. 

He said it was more baffling that the name of Gotabaya Rajapaksa was not in the list of those renounced US citizenship as at September 30 this year “

If Mr Rajapaksa is actually concerned of the matter and wants to convince that he is no longer a US citizen, what can be done is to make a request to the US State Department so that it can reveal its official stance and can question as to why his name is not included in the list.

 However, Mr Rajapaksa is not into such a move,”

“Nobody other than Mr Rajapaksa can make that request and not even the US or Sri Lankan governments or any other official can make it because of the confidentiality that is being maintained between the US Department and the applicant, Gotabaya Rajapaksa ” he added.

He said it could not be divulged to any third party. 

Moreover, he said they would take necessary legal steps against Gotabaya Rajapaksa if he gets elected as the president while these uncertainties remain unsolved.

Meanwhile, he said the Commission had informed all the presidential candidates to produce an affidavit saying that they were Sri Lankan citizens and not citizens of another country and added Mr Rajapaksa had also produced such an affidavit but not any other document. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Bobby Pereira Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:27 AM

    You wanted Mr. Suhada Gamlath, to jail Mr. Gotabhaya at any cost without any legal foundation. You have no credibility at all man. Keep your mouth tightly shut.

    Justice Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:27 AM

    Then Why was Nagananda asked to do so? He respectfully and rightfully submitted it. Are there different laws to different people in Sri Lanka? All the more reason to introduce the Peoples Constitution with ONE LAW ONE COUNTRY AND ONE NATION by the people for the people to be VOTED by the people

    Dr.Siri Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:30 AM

    The presidental election should be held according to the constitution

    Chux Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:30 AM

    Unbelievable Rajapakshas are quite capable of doing this

    Raj Tuesday, 12 November 2019 02:00 PM

    May it is easier to get and difficult to get rid of.

    hans perlee Tuesday, 12 November 2019 02:22 PM

    Conclusion: his nomination is ilegal

    roobarbie Tuesday, 12 November 2019 03:56 PM

    These incompetent PCs and other useless lawyers, greedy for money, do any shitty errand for the paymasters, and now they have got egg on their faces. OK find a sewage hole to go and sink yourselves. If you have any competency you would have doen your home work properly and make sure checks and balances have been done before rushing off to the courts. Complacency, incompetency and greed for money are the reasons for your evil performance. We the general public are being misled again and again by these so called intellectuals, but at the end we find that they do not have an iota of intelligence in their bird brains. So learn now from your mistakes!

    Citizen of Sri Lanka Tuesday, 12 November 2019 04:19 PM

    The lawyer Mr.Ali Sabry waved a passport in the face journalists, saying it is the cancelled Passport. But sadly that document did have the name, address, a photo of the holder, or a number. What do we conclude?

    mp Tuesday, 12 November 2019 04:57 PM

    You go to USA and inquire from Donald Trump.

    Hell President Tuesday, 12 November 2019 05:22 PM

    Go to hell bastards when Gota will become president in 4 days.

    UniDon Tuesday, 12 November 2019 07:06 PM

    either you are idiots who can't read and understand documents and documentation procedures or you think we are idiots, but surely NOT in this time

    mackie noohuthambi Tuesday, 12 November 2019 08:25 PM

    how poor a candidate for the highest office of the presidency and he is supported by our outgoing president and welcomed by our former president. then the whole world will think that presidents of srilanka will be liars. what a beautiful nation getting ugly colours on its face.

    sam Tuesday, 12 November 2019 08:30 PM

    Did you submitted Sajiths O/L certificate too...

    Nimal Tuesday, 12 November 2019 08:55 PM

    Surprise, Surprise, Why the vociferous Naga who has also said to have withdrawn his UK citizenship and knowing about the legal documentations necessary to be a presidential candidate is so silent on this matter? Why that silence is so deafening? Do we smell a rat or several rats?


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