Gota’s NIC to register as elector invalidated in 2016

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The National Identity Card (NIC) used by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential hopeful Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa to register as an elector in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 electoral lists had been invalidated by the Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) in October 2016, Daily Mirror learns.

A senior official from DRP explained to the Daily Mirror that the procedure was necessary for persons who lose Sri Lankan citizenship by becoming foreign citizens, and later to regain citizenship by becoming dual citizens under Section 19 (2) of the Citizenship Act No. 18 of 1948.

Mr. Rajapaksa has said he lost his Sri Lankan citizenship in 2003 when he became an American citizen, and that he regained it by becoming a dual citizen in 2005 prior to becoming Defence Secretary.

According to DRP records, Mr. Rajapaksa had in October 2016 surrendered his NIC, bearing a number ending with ‘4021V,’ to obtain a new identity card on the basis that he was a dual citizen. He was then issued a new NIC bearing a number ending with ‘10010.’

Upon a review of voter registration records for the Kotte polling district, where Mr. Rajapaksa has been registered to vote from Grama Niladhari Division 526/A in Gangodawila South since he ceased to be Defence Secretary, Daily Mirror found that the presidential hopeful was registered by the first name on his household list using his invalidated NIC for the years 2017 and 2018.

Online records of the Elections Commission draft registry for the year 2019 show that Mr. Rajapaksa has also used the invalidated NIC to register in the most recent electoral list from the same address at which he was registered in 2017 and 2018. A search for Mr. Rajapaksa’s valid NIC issued in 2016 in the most recent three electoral registers turned up no results.

The DRP official told Daily Mirror that it was a serious violation of the law for a person who had obtained a new NIC using the dual citizen procedure to thereafter continue using the previous NIC that had been surrendered for any purpose whatsoever.

When contacted MP Keheliya Rambukwella – the Media Spokesman for Gotabhaya Rajapaksa – he said he was unaware and had to consult Mr. Rajapaksa’s lawyers to comment since this was a legal issue. (Nirmala Kannangara)

 

  Comments - 6

  • OMG Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:35 PM

    WHAT??? Gota gave up OUR Sri Lankan citizenship in 2003? OMG!!! I hope our voters may get a first in the world chance to vote for someone who gave up citizenship to the post of 1st citizen in the country.

    patriot Saturday, 21 September 2019 01:42 PM

    Someone who had given up Sri Lankan citizenship, should not even think of taking up the First citizenship and that is the Presidency.

    upali jayasekera Sunday, 22 September 2019 01:36 PM

    No logic on this comment except fear of Gota

    Perumal Sunday, 22 September 2019 09:56 AM

    Rajapakses are rogues by birthright. Therefore, this is quite normal.

    Jayathissa Tuesday, 24 September 2019 03:38 PM

    Ranil appointed a foreigner as the Governor of Central bank with the intention of robbing the bank and he did it with flying colours. Where was the people complaining at that time.

    Jayathissa Tuesday, 24 September 2019 03:38 PM

    Ranil appointed a foreigner as the Governor of Central bank with the intention of robbing the bank and he did it with flying colours. Where was the people complaining at that time.


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