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Backing independent groups won’t help political parties: EC

26 January 2018 10:01 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Though some political parties which got their nomination lists rejected backed Independent groups, members of the elected Independent group could not be replaced by members of any other political party, the Election Commission (EC) said yesterday.

The commission made this statement in the wake of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) which got its nomination list rejected for Maharagama Urban Council announcing that it backed an independent group for the UC.

Additional Elections Commissioner, Saman Sri Ratnayake explained that no candidate could resign from contesting until the election is held.

“If a candidate resigned after being elected to a Local Government (LG) body, he or she would only be replaced by the next in line of the respective party as published in the party’s nomination list. No member from other political parties would be appointed to the vacant post,” he told the Daily Mirror. (Darshana Sanjewa)

  Comments - 9

  • Lord Wolfstein Friday, 26 January 2018 11:44 AM

    Nobody knows what the fools, who are not even able to fill in a form, have for crazy ideas.

    NMJ Friday, 26 January 2018 12:34 PM

    what will happen If all the candidates in the list were resigned?

    daham Friday, 26 January 2018 12:35 PM

    Yes, people know this macko. Although you are trying to discourage voters who deprived of the will to vote pohottuwa voting for independents in order to suppress unp and slfp getting more votes, they will never vote for these two parties and they would like to see independents coming into power instead these two good for nothing two parties.

    shanthapriya Friday, 26 January 2018 12:38 PM

    That is none of your business EC. People will do what they want. You cannot give advices to the people. Better you carefully watch whether the election laws being violated at the moment. and its happening all over the country

    BV Friday, 26 January 2018 02:30 PM

    Its the duty of the elections commission to educate the people on the new system.It has all the power to do so.

    ANTHONY Saturday, 27 January 2018 10:39 AM

    If you fill up the electoral registration form distributed annually to your household erroneously and if you fail to gain registration Who is at fault,You or the Election Commission ?Its just the same.The answer is simple.

    Senewi Friday, 26 January 2018 01:06 PM

    Why can not join those independent groups with Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna after winning ?

    Sepala Friday, 26 January 2018 07:55 PM

    If defeated MP's can enter the Parliament throgh national list and bear Ministerial posts, Why can't rejected member;s of a LG poll? They only rejected by the officials in your dept. not by the people of this country Macko.

    RM Friday, 26 January 2018 09:04 PM

    They were rejected by the election officials because they could not fill up a simple election nomination form.Can these people addministrate a city or village ?


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