21 August, 2019

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Exclusive: Gota Picks Jagath Jayasuriya For ‘Dirty Work’ At Election

An attempt has been made by Chief of Defence Staff, General Jagath Jayasuriya to mobilize the military in the guise of providing security for the election. General Jayasuriya on 24th December has sent out a directorate to all three service commanders and the IGP informing that the military needs to be on standby for any “eventuality” during the election.

Secretary to the Defence, Chief of Defence Staff

Secretary to the Defence, Chief of Defence Staff

The Document is marked ‘top secret’ has been leaked from within the military establishment.

The memo gives details of military deployment before and after the January 8th election.

In his directorate Gen. Jayasuriya says that the “Police and STF are responsible to provide security to conduct a free and fair election throughout the country. However, in view of excessive police commitments within the country the Security Forces have been asked to assist the Police by undertaking certain responsibilities in their respective areas during the Presidential Election – 2015”.

The entire document has been leaked and the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya told a press conference last night that he was investigating the matter. Army Commander Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake has told the Commissioner he had no idea about the standby order even though he has been copied on the document. The military memo signed by Jayasuriya is now in possession of the Colombo Telegraph.

Opposition campaigners told Colombo Telegraph that the deployment and orders are all part of a Government strategy to psyche its opponents and prevent people from going out to cast their votes.
“If there is a lot of talk about the military being out on the streets people will fear going to the polling stations. This is exactly what the Rajapaksa regime wants. So this is a psychological operation. We are getting all the information virtually in real time” Siriena campaign managers told Colombo Telegraph.

Opposition politicians say the constant leaks from the Government camp are helping them to stay on top of the dirty tricks being planned by UPFA strategists. Diplomatic missions in Colombo, the Elections Commissioner and Election Monitors are all being given regular updates of information received and everyone is on high alert to watch for mischief by the ruling party the Opposition activists said.

It is unclear who has informed General Jayasuriya that the Police are incapable of carrying out its duties or what the excessive duties that the police are performing. The IGP has stated that 65,000 police personnel have been tasked with election duty. As per the election law which currently prevails in the country since the declaration of elections, only the Election’s Commissioner or the IGP could determine the necessity for the military to maintain law and order.

This detailed directorate has instructed troop deployment to “vulnerable points” from 1400 hrs on January 5th and a fully functional operations room to be functional from that same date. There are reports that the military has been placed for “security” outside private and public media stations, without any request from those media institutions.

Colombo Telegraph has reliably learnt that troops have been assembled at Rock House, in Muttwal the headquarters of the Armour Regiment, the parent Regiment of General Jayasuriya. Tank movements are also expected within Colombo tonight.

The directive gives further details about troop deployment and chain of command. Even though the documents suggest that this directive has been sent to all service commanders it is reliably known that at least Army Commander Daya Ratnayaka has been kept in the dark regarding these troop movements. The Office of the CDS was created during the time of the war for better coordination between the three forces and has mainly been a ceremonial post since the end of the war with the real power to deploy troops lying with the Service Commanders.

This revelation comes in the wake of the Opposition releasing another leaked document last week which had names of several ex-servicemen tasked with carrying out “coordinating “ roles in the Colombo district and several other key areas on behalf of Defence Secretary.

In that leaked document it has been stated that President Mahinda Rajapaksa had requested Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa to coordinate his political matters through “trusted” ex servicemen. These included several retired Majors General and a onetime Commander of the Navy who went on to serve as Chief of Defence Staff. These ex-servicemen were to handle ground operations with serving military personnel. What these ground co-ordination that required ex military personnel are yet not clear.

However the details of the individuals have now been given by the opposition to the key diplomatic missions and they are closely monitoring the actions of these persons on the day of the election. The rigged election in Kenya in 2007 ended in the International Criminal Court with several involved including its current President being indicted.

Informed military sources with knowledge of the operation under Gotabaya Rajapaksa admit the senior retired officers are now jittery since any sign of involvement in areas that they have been assigned in the leaked plan could be linked to them directly. This could adversely impact their ability to obtain visas or travel overseas since the Colombo-based diplomatic community has been fully briefed on the operation.

It is reliably learnt that military personnel are refusing to carry out these illegal orders contrary to the law of the country. As a result the plans of the regime are leaking to the opposition and the media at an unprecedented level.

On the eve of polling day the military has planned to call a special press briefing informing the public about troop deployment in Colombo city. The military will say it has received a tip off that the Opposition was planning to bring buses into the capital to create chaos and instability after polling closes.

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    RE: Exclusive: Gota Picks Jagath Jayasuriya For ‘Dirty Work’ At Election

    Dictators will not leave peacefully. The have to be pushed out…

    JVP to place agents in polling booths

    http://www.ceylontoday.lk/51-81666-news-detail-jvp-to-place-agents-in-polling-booths.html

    The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have come to an agreement where the JVP would send its agents to polling booths on 8 January to monitor the polls.
    JHU General Secretary, Champika Ranawaka, speaking to Ceylon Today said it was…the JVP who could most successfully tackle the violence and intimidation at local level.

    VP to place agents in polling booths

    By Niranjala Ariyawansha

    The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have come to an agreement where the JVP would send its agents to polling booths on 8 January to monitor the polls.
    JHU General Secretary, Champika Ranawaka, speaking to Ceylon Today said it was…the JVP who could most successfully tackle the violence and intimidation at local level.

    “We have asked the JVP to intervene to ensure security at the polling stations and they have agreed to do so. We believe that it is the JVP cadres who would be most suitable to tackle intimidation,” he said.
    In accordance with the understanding between the two parties, the JVP would send their agents to all districts where the probability of election malpractice and violence would be high.

    JVP General Secretary, Tilvin Silva, speaking to Ceylon Today explained, “With the current situation in the country there has been doubt with regard to a free and fair election. In such a background, certain parties within the Common Opposition have expressed their willingness to appoint our agents to represent them at polling stations, to act as observers. At the rural level too our own supporters have made this request from us. We believe that there is likelihood that the votes could be rigged at some polling stations. Thus we will commit to protect the people’s votes.”

    Hence, JVP polling agents are to be deployed in the areas of Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha, Kandy, Kurunegala, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Badulla and Moneragala districts.
    The JVP General Secretary further stated, “We will ask the people to cast their vote without fear. From the time the vote is cast, we are prepared to ensure that it is protected. We will take on that responsibility.”

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      Thank you JVP. From a grateful nation.

      Nothing more to say.

      Cheers!

      PS: Look forward to witness the shameful the exit of the Dictator within 24 hours.

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        Here comes the ultimate humiliation for MR ,

        Kerry calls Rajapaksa for violence-free presidential poll

        “underscore the government’s responsibility to ensure the January 8th elections will be free from violence and intimidation and that the vote counting is carried out credibly and transparently.”

        http://www.ceylontoday.lk/16-81773-news-detail-kerry-calls-rajapaksa-for-violence-free-presidential-poll.html

        first it was from UNSG ( Ban Ki Moon) ,then EU and now US, what does it say about MR’s Elections ? MR is a national and international disgrace, will put up with him another few more hours , Victory is assured for all peace loving Srilankans!

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          Dear CT Editors ,

          please be informed , page 4 is missing in the attached secret document here.

          cheers.

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      I am very suspicious of the very high number of registered voters for this election – 15 million plus. I know a lot of people who remain unregistered, so the question is is this high number of registered voters the basis for stuffing ballot boxes?

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    The directives for this operation comes from Gotabaya Rajapakshe with the concurrence of the president. There is no doubt about this. These orders are completely illegal and undermines the ongoing election. I hope the troops carrying out these illegal orders turn on their masters. Eventually the S. O. D. has to be arrested for his diabolical conduct.

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    JVP have to protect people from Champika Ranaweka He can deceive people. change them, do anything to gain political advances.

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      Swin

      “JVP have to protect people from Champika Ranaweka”

      Doctored pictures of the legendry artist Dr Lester James Peries by Hela Urumaya remind us similar deception done by LTTE supporters back in 2009!

      http://rebelofkandy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/doctored-pictures-of-legendry-artist-dr.html

      JVP, JHU and Sarath de Silva colluded to demerge North East provincial council. Sarath de Silva refused to give an opportunity to the pro North East lobby. It was Chief justice Sarath de Silva who presided over the cases.

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    It seems to me that Sri Lanka Army has been allocated the the role of switching genuine ballot boxes with MR goonss pre-filled ballot boxes with fake ballot papers, on the way from the voting stations to the counting offices. The Army may provide the cover and impenetratable perimeter/boundary within which the goons employed by the government will work, switching the ballot boxes. The goons did it in 2010, and now this time they could operate with the sure confidence that they would be protected by the Army, the Law and by the top brass in the government, MR and his brother. How about that for democracy?

    BTW, why all these unnecessary drama, when the astrologers have already said that the MR would be sure winner. The Army is making sure that he would be the winner by giving divine astrology a helping hand, as of Maradona’s Hand of God. Oh, I forgot that MR has also contracted His Holiness the Holy See to give a helping Hand of God, in case astros have over cooked the prediction.

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      Agree.

      I have no faith in the election process. I believe it will be rigged beautifully.

      Switching genuine ballot boxes with pre-filled ballot boxes with fake ballot papers, on the way from voting stations will be just one weapon in King’s arsenal.

      Do not forget the dictator came to power by bribing terrorists. Even before he was all powerful King. Dictator shuns no corrupt Gil-Mart methodology.

      I do not trust the Election Commissioner to be an honorable public servant either. Besides Task Master Gota will be pulling strings behind the scene silently.

      Cheers!

      PS: During Uva election General Fonseka’s DP polled mysteriously low. Nobody knows what happened to his vote base. I believe that was a high tech Gil-Mart.

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    All indications are a coup is in the offing.

    Unless of course ballot box rigging and other jilmarts deliver the expected(Marcos and Hosni Mubarak type of outcome)results in favour of the Rajapaksas.

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    I’m ready for battle. Bring it on.

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    It must add to the mystery why Maj. Gen. Shavendra De Silva, was also recalled from the US, to “help” with the elections. Why does the Goat Man have in store for the people? Is there going to be some kind of retaliation if they lose, and how will it be played out? These thugs have no regard for human life, and even Sinhala Buddhists will be severely dealt with (like Weliweriya), if they stand in their way.

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    Thank you JVP need free n fair election

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    Jagath Jayasuriya types will go down in History as Traitors.About 3 years ago they were socalled War-Heroes.The least that the country expects from them is for them to respect the uniform that they wear.What a disgrace!

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    JVP is doing the hardest work ever .Thanks to them from a grateful nation.

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    Mithura

    “These thugs have no regard for human life, and even Sinhala Buddhists will be severely dealt with (like Weliweriya), if they stand in their way.”

    If I borrow those words that appeared in the article Lasnatha wrote, predicting his death:

    First they came for Tamils, I didn’t speak out because I am Sinhala Buddhist

    Then they came for Muslims, I didn’t speak out because I am a Sinhala Buddhist

    Then they came for Sinhala Christians, I didn’t speak out because I am a Sinhala Buddhist

    Finally they came for Sinhala Buddhist, by then knew I am a Sinhala Bullshit (should I say don’t take offence for my poor spelling skill).

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    Diaspora can begin with ‘former’ Chief of Defence Staff, General Jagath Jayasuriya in pursuing their war crimes campaign!

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    Hmm diaspora, do not you know they asked to vote for MR. It is a really new beginning, we will move on, if possible with some relief for those who affected. Taking those to war crime not going to help anyone. An eye for eye, only will make the world blind. We should learn to live in peace and harmony. Diaspora Tamils, do not jeopardies the lives of your brethren who lives in SL, by these nonsensical moves. Hope sanity will prevails. Hope a joint Government representing TNA as partners will emerge if MS forms a Govt. Early stage, but hope MS will be victorious. Think differently, don’t blame others for all your woes.

  • 0
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    Where have they gone. I mean Gota, Basil and their catamite Panchaayudha?

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    Thank you Mr. Deshapriya & Mr. Anura Kumara D for a free & fair election.You are the true heroes of the day!

    This shows that if our public servants have the, courage to do what is right they will be backed by true leaders and can be genuine servants of the public and not stooges of corrupt politicians.

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    Thank you. We went to the polling station
    voted confidently because of the trust we had on our election commissiiner and anura dissanayake. They assured us that they will take care of our votes once we finish our marking and put it in the balott box. We are grateful and thankful for fulfiling it.

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