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A leading election monitoring group today expressed its regret and disappointment over the nomination of defeated candidates to parliament through the national list and called for a new criterion for this purpose.

Eight defeated candidates have been nominated to parliament through the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) national list, one each through the national lists of the United National Party (UNP), the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA).

People's Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi said guidelines were necessary to prevent those not eligible from entering Parliament.

He said some of the defeated candidates nominated to parliament through the national list there were several who were not eligible for such nomination.

Mr. Hettiarachchi admitted to the fact that there were some who where worthy of being nominated to parliament.

Meanwhile, Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE), another leading election monitoring group, also criticized the appointment of defeated candidates though the national list.

CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennekoon said it a defeated candidate who was appointed through the national list was responsible for the post-election violence in Katankudi.

He said it was disappointing to see such defeated candidates being appointed through the national list. “Such of these appointments are blow to the efforts made by President Maithripala Sirisena to change the political culture of this country,” Mr. Hettiarachchi added. (YP)

 
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  • Lanka Monday, 24 August 2015 09:21 PM

    Sri lankan politics are like "koheda yanne?, mallet pol".....

    Sangaralingham Tuesday, 25 August 2015 08:52 AM

    People decide ., no others should get posts.preference unless none or suitable not available experience education etc. Should be given to elected educated honest members. Yes if not no choice seek

    Un-ethical Lokka Monday, 24 August 2015 06:04 AM

    Person who made nominations and person who got it are shame less bunch

    pradeep Monday, 24 August 2015 06:32 AM

    The defeated candidates must be taken off as they have been duly mandated not worthy of being representatives of the people. It is high time that the good governance be put into action without any favoritism as people are not to be fooled again.

    Aba Jayasekera Monday, 24 August 2015 06:57 AM

    Poll monitors have a duty only to see whether the conduct of the polls is free and fair. They have absolutely no business to talk about the selection of MPs in the national list. Let them do their jobs and not deal with extraneous matters they are not competent to comment.

    CitizenPerera Monday, 24 August 2015 10:58 PM

    Very true Saman. The reason is that there are voters who are like the five idiots that gave a thumbs down to your comment.

    de silva Monday, 24 August 2015 01:31 PM

    MY3 has cheated us.YAHAPALANA gone to dogs

    Saman Monday, 24 August 2015 09:16 AM

    Why should being defeated be a disqualification, when half the population vote for scoundrels?

    Waco Monday, 24 August 2015 10:44 AM

    Mr. President time to put your foot down and say No defeated candidates.

    de silva Monday, 24 August 2015 10:49 AM

    Well said.Our president do not know the meaning of defeated.

    Nihal Amarasekera Monday, 24 August 2015 10:50 AM

    What if the end justifies the means?

    M.Z.M Haseen Monday, 24 August 2015 10:53 AM

    This is not acceptable , very unfair ,pl pl do not appoint these defeated candidates, we trusted U N P and my3

    Aba Jayasekera Tuesday, 25 August 2015 07:51 AM

    Why call them "defeated candidates". They have in most cases been less successful than others in demagoguery.

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 24 August 2015 05:40 AM

    Very reasonable, why the people whom the public rejected enter Parliament? We need only the winners and not the losers.

    Kadupol Jothywansa Monday, 24 August 2015 05:41 AM

    Except Rosy Senanayake from UNP, other idiots from UPFA are rotters.

    Ram Monday, 24 August 2015 05:42 AM

    Can someone provide the name of the UNP nominee in the national List who lost at the elections? I thought UNP did not appoint any

    Kiris Baba Amaray Monday, 24 August 2015 05:43 AM

    No need the defeated rejected vessels to spoil the soup.


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