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By Dianne Silva

The opposition United National Party (UNP) has lodged a complaint with the Elections Commissioner over the SMS messages being sent around from a mysterious number (94112512102) against opposition Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka.

“We have reported this text message to the Elections Commissioner and this is simply a distortion of the truth. Similar to the text message sent on the 1st of the year it is a blatant misuse of public funds,” UNP MP Ravi Karunanayaka told Daily Mirror Online.

The origins of the mysterious text message, with alleged election related reports circulating among the population is yet unknown. A text was received by a number of mobile users during the afternoon of the 20th claiming that an internal poll by the UNP had revealed that the “President enjoys an 8% lead over Fonseka all over the island.”

Another message a day earlier also from the same number warned of an attempt by the opposition to bomb the Kurunegala rally of General Fonseka and obtain sympathy votes. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Thursday, 21 January 2010 03:26 PM

    It is the people's money that is been robbed in broad daylight!

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 03:27 PM

    It is on "cash" basis, but the money comes from the pockets of you and me!

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 03:29 PM

    Chintha, the problems are that SPAM is illegal, and even more significantly people are been robbed through taxes and corruption to pay for this. None of this is his family money!!!

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 03:31 PM

    Menaka, It is our silence and acceptance of such blatant abuses that allow these corrupt politicians to continue to rob us. Have you not heard the saying that "the people get the government they deserve"?

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 06:45 AM

    Don't worry. These are sure signs of panic in the MR camp. Feeling reality fear of losing and now trying their luck at least. That's all.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 06:48 AM

    Stop sending SMS and voice mails from both camps. Both camps use similar tactics to grab the mass and the power as people will decide their choice at their will.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 06:49 AM

    yup.. i got this message at 10:37am today...

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 06:52 AM

    Pl inform CID not commisisoner because he has no power

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 05:02 PM

    'Sri Lanka Mada Sangamaya' (SMS), active again! Who cares, when dogs bark at the moon?

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 06:59 AM

    Government take immediate action and stop this type of third grade ideas by come stupid monkey.Cause some one might get the idea and start collecting signatures from the public and send them to the UN for HR violation like the Ranaviru thing recently.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:02 AM

    What about the previous message from HE with an anonymous number !. I made a complain to Police !. But no outcome...!

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:06 AM

    It is ok; how we can get justice from Sri Lanka.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:11 AM

    We never witness a election like this.
    These guys must be mad and 100% sure there can't be free and fair poll this time. this is disgusting.........

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:04 PM

    MR is done! Let him enjoy his last days in the Raja Maligawa and abuse all his powers. People have decided and my vote too will be for SF. Our entire family was blue blood until now! Better pack your bags without wasting your time sending text messages.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:20 AM

    I too got 3 SMS's from this number a few weeks back about Hell gates and about 3 days back that MR is leading with 12%.

    I am not a supporter of SF but was annoyed and replied back saying 12% lead that MR is having could be easily changed and overtaken within the next few days due to his thuggery and COL.

    My vote will be for SF because this regime is stooping to the lowest levels

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:05 PM

    Dear ALL country lovers,

    To use common sence .MR never wanted to have this kind of DRAMA whilst foresee a Great Victroy.

    This is from Mangala & Team who has to leave the SL after 26th.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:06 PM

    Sure They know whom to target these messages at.
    Our home has 4 mobitel numbers. But only I who openly support the General get these messages.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:09 PM

    I too got several SMS messages from this number. Even today I got one. If they think that the people follow what they say,they must get admitted to Mental Hospital, Angoda in order to avoid misuse of public funds. This is a real crime for country.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:21 AM

    Generally UNP is very Hightech, why this time? MR seems to be using advance Technologies effectively. all the best for all.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:22 AM

    Ruling government play in various ways to beat Sarath.But the outcome will be in other way for these acts.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:24 AM

    many have received these text messages & it is a serious violataion of fundamental rights of the recipients, in addition to a violatin of election and telecommunication laws. It seems that there is no one to complain about this as the mobile operators & Sri Lanka Telecom which is the provider of the telephone number used to originate these messages are all "bought over" by one candidate with illegally earned money. May we complaint to the Gods above to look after the fate of the perpetrator on the 26th?

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:23 PM

    It shows the mentality of the real loosers. so, Whoever did this they are going to be the loosers on 27th jan 10.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:33 AM

    This message was deliverd from the Dialog Message Center number 9477000003, thus this is some thing dialog know who is the original sender is. The origin can be pretty easily traced, but it not going to happen for sure.:)

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:33 AM

    Telecom srilanka pls. investigate this and bring these smugglers to public.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:29 PM

    no point in replying, it will not reach, also when you call it says number disconnected(due to non payment of bills). But is used to send SMS. wonder where they got the numbers from to have in their base? has to be from service providers who deny it.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:35 AM

    No where in the history of Sri Lanka did we witness blatant and abhoring lawlessness, waste and sychophancy by the supreme office of the countries leadership - the President of Sri Lanka. No self respecting minority will vote for MR other than his goons. The voting structure on the 26th will show whether sinhalese are actual practicing buddhists or just lawless bandits who use buddhism as a tool to justify their misconduct , indiscipline and dishonesty.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:29 PM

    The General will win. SMS or no sms doe snot matter. The General is the New president of Sri Lanka. MR and co. are on panic mode and desperate mode. So they will resort to anything.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:40 AM

    Guys, just delete the message if you are not interested, what is this all drama, are you gonna complaint to election commissioner when political programs going on your television? You just switch it off right? So what is this fuzz about getting messages on mobile?

    I thought the lead would be at least 18 %, so this is surely from UNPrs

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:49 AM

    I wonder whether these service providers are doing it on credit or on cash basis. The same applies to the media as well, can someone enlighten this to us. This elecation is a windfall to these business houses. How are they going to recoup the outstandings from the parties who are using these medium if their expectations are shattered. Hope their credit manager is not kicked out.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:34 PM

    I too got got several SMS messages from this number. Even today I got one. This is real madness and wastage of public funds.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:52 AM

    y did u have to overreact so much? :D

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:41 PM

    To get Spam SMS when roaming is not acceptable.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:53 AM

    Ranil the Idiot promised free SMS for all.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 07:57 AM

    Both camps are using ICT resources in a very appalling way. Tim Berners Lee and Martin Cooper would weep if they saw this nonsense.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 12:52 PM

    I agree, no need to do this !! Waste of money
    let SF talk more and more , MR will win easy. !!!

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:00 AM

    If lies do influence the manner in which people vote, the politicians have uttered so much of them during the intervening days as to throw the voters into irredeemable confusion!

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:10 AM

    These are signs of defeat. Trying to play with the minds of the people who will not fall for this cheap tactic. In fact many MR supporters are disgusted at this and may in fact vote for SF as a result. Reverse psychology.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:12 AM

    The telephone number is 2512102 is a Sri Lanka Telecom telephone number. So Sri Lanka Telecom, it is your duty to reveal the detail of the number. I doubt, it is a number belonging to govt office. The telephone number may have incurred large tele.. bill. Sometime, we don,t know ,ultimately the general public have to pay this bill too. Once again misuse of public funds. Un-bailable offence.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:13 AM

    Inventions are wonderful, but misusing of an invention is
    extremely bad and shocking.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:19 AM

    Is this the democracy of this sensitive leader?

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:20 AM

    Also I got few more SMSs yesterday with more nonsense.

    What has the govt gone into that level of corrupted situation?

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:30 AM

    yes wan can imagine how much MR is spending for this election.
    But Questions are from where and whose?

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:31 AM

    So far I have got 4 SMS messages from this telephone number slandering the General.

    Nothing to worry these people will end up in hell no escape it is guaranteed what ever religon they follow..

    Friday, 22 January 2010 12:15 AM

    "COUNTRY LOVERS" are only those who can say "yes sir, yes sir, three bags full"! All others are traitors! So, this country now has a majority of 'TRAITORS'?

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 01:55 PM

    CID is busy with cooking up cases. contact them after 26th

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 01:57 PM

    Because we are not interested

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 08:56 AM

    If MR is sure of winning why use 3rd grade tactics.If u r a gentilman face this election like a hero.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 02:08 PM

    I also received a similar SMS; but as far as I am concerned, I just delete those SMS mesages.

    This is a massive waste of Public Funds

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 02:11 PM

    When you dial this number , you get a recording say this number is Temporarily NOT IN USE.

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 02:56 PM

    I hope whoeever is responsible would be made to pay for the cost of the messages and also be hanged for being a nuisance to the general public

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 03:23 PM

    I got it yesterday morning, and replied saying "get lost"!

    Thursday, 21 January 2010 03:25 PM

    Next, are you going to say that the opposition is behind the gross abuse of government resources for the King's campaign too?

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