Category: Sri Lankan Presidential Elections 2010

FR Violation Petition Filed Seeking Voting Rights for IDPs

By S.S. Selvanayagam A Fundamental Rights violation petition was filed before the Supreme Court alleging authorities had failed to ensure the right of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in the Northern and Eastern Provinces to participate as citizens of Sri Lanka in the democratic process of exercising their votes. The Centre for Policy Alternatives and its Executive Director Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu...

General Fonseka Challenges His Arrest

By S.S.Selvanayagam A fundamental rights violation petition challenging the alleged arbitrary arrest and detention of Gen. Sarath Fonseka, the Common Opposition Candidate in the recently held Presidential elections, was filed before the Supreme Court yesterday. His wife Mrs Anoma Fonseka and New Democratic Front Secretary Ms. Shamila Perera filed the petition for and on behalf of Gen. Fonseka. Army Commander...

General Fonseka Arrested

Former army Chief and opposition Presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka and his media secretary Senaka de Silva were arrested by the military police a short while ago, opposition Member of Parliament Mano Ganeshan told Daily Mirror online. Military spokesman Major Prasad Samarasingha confirmed that the General has been arrested from his Colombo office for committing military offences. Meanwhile the memory...

Special Identity Cards: Charles Accuses Elections Commissioner

By Kelum Bandara Vavuniya District Secretary Mrs. P.S.M. Charles yesterday found fault with the Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake for not approving the special identity card issued for the displaced as a valid document for voting, right till the day of polling. Mrs. Charles told the Daily Mirror that she, shortly after the declaration of the Presidential Election, requested the Commissioner...

Counting Irregularities Galore at Presidential Polls: CAFFE

By Yohan Perera Charging that party representatives at some counting centres had not received copies of the result of the recently concluded presidential election, Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CAFFÉ) yesterday called on Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake to send copies to them of the total votes polled at these centres as soon as possible. CAFFÉ Spokesman Keerthi Tennekoon said...

EC regrets disregard of media guidelines

Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake making a statement prior to announcing the final results of the presidential election  noted  the conduct of the state media even in the face of guidelines issued by him, but commended IGP Mahinda Balasuriya for taking necessary steps when  matters were pointed out. “It has to be stated with much reluctance that the co-operation received from...

Foreign Observers react to allegations of fraud

By Sumaiya Rizvi Foreign observer and Mission Director of the Asian Network for Free Election (ANFREL), Ichal Supriady said yesterday the Elections Commissioner should investigate and call for a voter registration audit if the local monitors allege fraud in the counting of votes and disfranchisement of voters. “We expect the Election Commissioner to announce and clarify allegations of fraud,” Supriady...

Annul Kathariya Vidyalaya Polling: CMEV

By  Yohan Perera The Cenre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) yesterday called on the Commissioner of Elections Dayananda Dissanayake to annul the poll in the Kathariya Vidyalaya polling station in Digamadulla where rigging was reported. The report put out by CMEV last night said that two people had come on a motor bike and distributed ballot papers among the people...

Low Voter Turnout in Jaffna Peninsula

By Kelum Bandara The percentage of voter turnout in the North, particularly in the Jaffna Peninsula, was as low as 20 percent according to election monitors. However, Jaffna district politicians said the percentage should be 40-45 percent if it is based upon the actual number of voters living in the district. Suresh Premachandran MP TNA told Daily Mirror last night...