Politicians with cases will be banned from contesting: Anura

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National Peoples’ Power (NPP) presidential candidate Anura Kumara Dissanayake said laws would be introduced to ban politicians who had looted public funds, committed crimes and had cases against them, from contesting elections under their government.

Addressing a rally in Wellawaya, he said a police report should be furnished by anyone entering government service but those with cases against them are able to become politicians in Sri Lanka.

“There are cases in the Magistrate’s Court against one candidate of the main camp. Even a Grama Niladhari is not recruited if there are cases against them in the Magistrate’s Court. We will introduce laws to prevent such people contesting elections in future,” he said.

He said one main task ahead of them in developing this country was to clean the corrupt political field which included introducing laws to prevent MPs selling off for money.

“We cannot develop this country without cleaning this political sphere. MPs who attend parliament sessions only 20 times in their five-year term are entitled to a pension. We will abolish it. There are MPs who are over 84-years old. Anyone can do politics until they die. We will not allow anyone to do so. We will introduce laws to prevent politicians above seventy contesting elections,” he said.

Mr. Dissanayake said the Ranil Wickremesinghe government which failed to keep up promises made in 2015 should be sent home and added that the alternative was not to bring in the Rajapaksa government which was defeated in 2015 for resorting to fraud and corruption, violate democracy and burden people with excessive taxes.

He said the only option to develop the country was to bring in NPP to power. (Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Jagath Thursday, 24 October 2019 06:47 PM

    You didn't bother to do anything about the Central Bank scam. In fact you were protecting the thieves.

    Jeeves Thursday, 24 October 2019 06:51 PM

    If he adopts these rules, will we have any politicians left to govern Sri Lanka?

    rank G Thursday, 24 October 2019 07:18 PM

    comrade Anura, the governments through-out past 70 years handle, students and trade union protests very roughly and rudely, sirisena no difference,though he fortunate to boast nobody killed by him, but most those protesters had narrow shave due to his cunning kindness.top politicians watching behind barricades while police give them of batton charges and tear gas and water canon treatment,you suggest human way to handle this in future

    Dee Thursday, 24 October 2019 07:23 PM

    One guy is saying druggies, robbers, murderers will be 'eleminated', you are saying those with cases will be banned from contesting, who be left in politics?

    Manu Thursday, 24 October 2019 07:30 PM

    MR. Sajith gave you the bonus already to say some thing to stop GR.

    dcol Thursday, 24 October 2019 07:36 PM

    Anyone can create cases.., However until proven guilty, everyone is not guilty. So it should be convicted criminals and not the ones with court cases...

    Dev Thursday, 24 October 2019 08:08 PM

    lol so the government can start an court case against Anura and he will not be able to contest elections? This is called playing to the gallery

    Sugandh Thomas Friday, 25 October 2019 02:39 AM

    Good intentions, but simply will not fall in line with the principles of a true democracy and an impartial justice system. There are certain covenants, for example, “innocent until proven guilty“, that cannot be overrode with laws that Anura is proposing.

    hoodwinker Friday, 25 October 2019 06:46 AM

    Well said" however in Lankan politics the norm is the opposite ,there should be a litany of pre-requisites to be a would be SL politician incl. retirement age ie 60 yrs.

    mp Friday, 25 October 2019 07:17 AM

    Though you cannot remember, we can remember very well how JVP developed many cases of murder during 1980s. Please remember that people have not forgotten that black period.


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