Swearing in of 6 SLPPers -- Opposition says EC biased

7 June 2018 09:10 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has violated the new election laws by allowing six SLPP members to replace the six who were elected to the Maharagama UC under the 'Bicycle' symbol, UNP councillor Dhanushka Ramanayake said today.

He told Daily Mirror the swearing in of six SLPP members was a violation of new election laws.

“Although Mr. Deshapriya said representatives can only be appointed from those in the ward, those who contested under the ‘bicycle’ symbol were outsiders. Among the 25 members elected, 17 were from Badalgama, six from Wellawatte and the rest from Kottawa. None of them were within the Maharagama Urban Council limits. Therefore, this is a clear violation of election laws. According to the new election laws, all members should resign to appoint an outsider to the group and such appointments should be made one by one. Section 65 (a) Clause 5 says the consent of the subject minister is needed for such appointments,” Mr. Ramanayake said.

He accused Mr. Deshapriya of taking arbitrary decisions and thus allowing the SLPP and the independent group to violate election laws and urged the EC to address this matter without delay. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 8

  • Mohan Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:56 PM

    This Maharagama episode is a disgrace and an an abuse of democracy.

    Don Friday, 08 June 2018 08:12 AM

    If they are from outside the local ward, why they were allowed to contest? it is the 1st violation of the law.You can feel the offering of Bribes in this situation.Where is the Bribery Commission? Will this happen in other councils as well like a disease. Money can do anything for the benefit of fraudsters.

    Dhammika Friday, 08 June 2018 08:20 AM

    OUTSIDERS ! .Come 2020 SL will have an American contesting Presidential elections as well ! .

    lkboy Friday, 08 June 2018 08:54 AM

    Yes. this is a mockery!

    Man Friday, 08 June 2018 09:30 AM

    We must pay tribute to the Man of the Match, Mr. Deshapriya of the last Presidential election for having courage to do what was right and salvage us from disater. If he has done any mistake, as alleged, legal action action can be taken, without any fuss as democracy prevails now, unlike Mahinda's period.

    SAM Friday, 08 June 2018 09:53 AM

    After all the voters and the authorities are the fools and are still being made fools regarding the the Maharagama drama. If the candidates are from another ward how come they are appointed? and how come these candidates be from another party be changed to another set of candidates who were disqualified?

    Citizen Friday, 08 June 2018 10:19 AM

    I am an elected member. My seat is for sale. Those interested, please pay in cash highest offer and take it for the development of this ward.

    victor Friday, 08 June 2018 06:42 PM

    contesting the presidential election by an American citizen will be like mahendra suddenly missing

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