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Election to select chief incumbent of Sri Pada Vihare, rigged: UNP

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The government used all forms of inducements and intimidation to rig the election to select the chief incumbent of Sri Pada Vihare, last week, the UNP charged in Parliament today.

Speaking during the debate on the vote on the Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Ministry, UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekara said that some Buddhist monks who were eligible to cast votes at this election were threatened by supporters of a certain minister claiming to be a descendant of King Dutugemunu.

Mr. Jayasekara said that Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Mahipala Herath even offered cash inducements the temples of the Bhikkhus who were eligible to vote at this election.  (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)

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  • Don Quixote Friday, 02 December 2011 06:48 AM

    What a disgrace ! The chief incumbent should be appointed through a selection of his peers......

    Ravana Friday, 02 December 2011 06:53 AM

    This whole thing started with the Diyawadane Nilame election, that was when the priest were first paid off.

    How disgusting !

    S D Chandrasena Friday, 02 December 2011 06:50 AM

    No wonder

    Nodrog Friday, 02 December 2011 07:04 AM

    2600 years of culture and heritage and we can't even elect a Priest of a temple without thuggery and corruption.

    koka Friday, 02 December 2011 07:02 AM

    no wonder !

    victoria Friday, 02 December 2011 07:10 AM

    Now the people are waiting for that miracle to happen?


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