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EC says no power to unseat elected candidates

20 January 2018 06:49 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said on Thursday he could do nothing about unseating a field officers or any other candidate if he had been found to have illegally contested the Local Government election and was elected.

Mr. Deshapriya said unseating of an elected candidate could only be done through a court procedure and added that elections commissions had no provision to do so.

He said there were no legal barriers for field officers to contest the election if he had resigned from the post as he was no longer a government servant.

“However, officers attached to the Local Government bodies cannot do so even after they resign. We will not hesitate to take action against such officers,” he said.

Mr. Deshapriya said they had no powers to cancel the nomination of candidates who had allegations against them even though some people wanted them to do so. (Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 6

  • ANTON Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:31 AM

    NO PROBLEM , LET THEM BE IN THE SEATS....... WE ALL HAVE TO TRY TO BECOME IDIOTS.......... PROBLEM SOLVED EH ?

    TONY Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:36 AM

    BUT DONT YOU HAVE ANY POWER TO REJECT CANDIDATES WHO ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THE PARTY???

    Kiri Banda Saturday, 20 January 2018 04:32 PM

    Tony, That could have been done had folk objected at the proper time. That is when submitting nominations.

    Cisco Saturday, 20 January 2018 11:31 AM

    Not only unseat elected candidate, you do not have power to remove propaganda posters in unnecessary places even.

    Park Saturday, 20 January 2018 06:46 PM

    This is how our legislators protect themselves. The MPs are not a honest bunch they are all CROOKS looking after only their own interest.

    Lima Saturday, 20 January 2018 09:57 PM

    HOW COME , THIS IS PAST THE POST SYSTEM , SO NO INDIVIDUAL VOTE , IT IS PARTY VOTE , SO PARTY CAN APPOINT ANYBODY THEY WANTED .


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