19 September, 2019

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Mahinda Deshapriya Pledges Allegiance To Gota: Promises Nov 23 Election So Stars Favour Ex Defence Secretary

Grave concerns have been raised over the neutrality of the Chairman of the National Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya as Sri Lanka heads into a critical election in just over two months. 

Chairman Deshapriya who was hailed for his independence in the aftermath of the fraught 2015 presidential elections campaign, has turned turtle sources told Colombo Telegraph and now appears to be ‘playing ball’ with Gotabaya Rajapaksa who he believes to be the front runner in the 2019 race.

Suspicions about Deshapriya’s independence were recently raised when the Chairman sent messages to the former Defence Secretary through several intermediaries, trying to reassure the SLPP presidential hopeful that the Commission was not going to stand in the way of his candidacy. The messages were dispatched a day after a meeting between Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Commission at 2PM on August 26. During the meeting Rajapaksa showed the three member commission copies of his dual certificate and his certificate of loss of US citizenship. However none of the three commissioners scrutinized the documents or indicated much interest in the affair. Gotabya Rajapaksa was accompanied to the Commission in Rajagiriya by his attorney Ali Sabry PC and another junior legal counsel. 

“Mahinda Deshapriya was eager to reassure Gota that although he did not get the reception he expected during his meeting with the commission, the way was cleared for him. He also indicated that the problem was only with one of the Commissioners and that the other two were going to be extremely accommodating,” a source who was familiar with the messages sent to Rajapaksa by the Elections Commission Chairman told Colombo Telegraph speaking strictly confidentially. 

Since then the problems have only been mounting. 

Earlier this week the CID began an investigation into a voter fraud allegation in the Rajapaksa family’s polling division in 2005. The complaint was first made to the Elections Commission but Deshapriya has been slow to act. The Commission called for extracts of the Mulkirigala polling division electoral register on August 26 to study the issue. However Deshapriya is insisting that the matter should be forwarded to the Attorney General for action. 

However after the CID investigation got underway, Deshapriya was quick to call the Hambantota Returning Officer. He asked the RO to give him a list of information and documents were being handed over to the CID.  Concerns have been raised about whether Deshapriya was hoping to pass the information back to the Rajapaksa camp. 

Furthermore after the Supreme Court ruled that the Elpitiya PS election must be held as soon as possible, Deshapriya (apparently acting on political instructions) took it upon himself to consult the Returning Officer for the area and set the election date for October 11. This is despite Prof. S. Ratnajeevan S. Hoole having raised concerns about the election being held too close to the presidential election which could be an influencing factor in the bigger poll scheduled for mid or late November. 

However without calling for a meeting of the Commission – which requires a quorum of three – Deshapriya made hectic telephone calls individually to the commissioners before first leaking the information to the media about the date of the election and then issuing a gazette the following day. Prof. Hoole has insisted he will urge a discussion on the matter on Monday when the Commission next meets. Prof. Hoole told the media that no decision could have been arrived at without the commission meeting. 

The Elpitiya PS election is one the SLPP is desperately keen to hold as soon as possible, as a precursor to the November-December presidential poll. The Galle District electorate has traditionally polled heavily in favour of the UPFA. In the 2011 local government elections when Mahinda Rajapaksa was still President, UPFA polled 58.54% of the votes, while the UNP obtained 30% of the vote. Throughout the years, with a peak of 62% in favour of Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 2010 presidential election, Elpitiya has leaned solidly blue. The SLPP machinery is confident of pulling off an efficient ground game in the one off election. A huge win in Elpitiya, weeks ahead of a presidential election will  have a psychological effect on electors around the country and cement already growing perception that a Rajapaksa return was a foregone conclusion. With SLPP pushing hard for the Elpitiya poll to be held as soon as possible, and the party expected to concentrate resources and political star power in the electorate, Deshapriya seems eager to oblige with a convenient date. Interestingly based on Deshapriya’s own estimates, nominations for the presidential elections could be called the very same week. 

But Colombo Telegraph learns the Chairman of the Elections Commission expects to go one step further. He has recently assured the Rajapaksa family that he will ensure November 23 would be the presidential election date since that is the preferred date astrologically for Gotabaya. UPFA MP Dulles Alahapperuma who was recently appointed spokesman to Gotabaya Rajapaksa has specifically requested the Commission to consider the date since it was favourable. Once again Deshapriya has indicated to the former ruling family that he was more than ready to oblige, and instead of locking down dates for the election and nominations, the Chairman of the Elections Commission continues to play guessing games in the media. 

Concerns about Deshapriya’s independence have been mounting for a while especially after it became clear that he was pressuring President Sirisena to ask the Supreme Court if the Provincial Council elections could be held under the old law. During the 52 day failed coup, Deshapriya blithely walked into President Sirisena’s residence to discuss dates and timelines for a parliamentary election after the President violated the constitution and dissolved Parliament by way of gazette notice. At no point did Deshapriya advise the President that the illegal dissolution was a violation of the people’s franchise, which had fixed Parliament’s term at 5 years unless it voted to sack itself earlier than that date.  In fact while most political parties saw the act of illegally dissolving Parliament as a step too far, Deshapriya decided not to go to Court, allowing Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole to do so in an individual capacity instead. Lawyers for Prof. Hoole took the position that since Parliament had been unlawfully dissolved, there were no vacant seats to hold an election to fill. A seven judge bench of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Nalin Perera held with Hoole and 12 other petitioners in the famous dissolution case, unanimously ruling that President Sirisena had violated the constitution and was about to hold an illegal election. 

Colombo Telegraph learns that while election monitors have had concerns about Chairman Deshapriya for some time, they are wary of raising issues because the organisations must work with the Commission in the future. 

However, with Deshapriya seemingly compromised and heavily tilting the scales towards Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and at least one other Commissioner willing to go along, the entire presidential election process could now be compromised, legal experts warned. 

Speaking to Colombo Telegraph, Elections Commission Member Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole confirmed that a meeting of the Commission had not been held before a date was set for the Elpitiya election. “A meeting requires a call by the Secretary with an agenda, proper minutes and all three members present to meet the quorum of 3 out of 3, as specified in Section 104 (1) of our constitution. 

The Supreme Court judgment on the Elpitiya election was received on Friday. 

“That Saturday itself I said in writing why I think it is wrong to rush the Elpitiya election and during our phone call, I told the Chairman we may have to go with a 2-1 decision at our Commission meeting,” Prof. Hoole told the Colombo Telegraph. “Next I heard instructions had gone from the Commission to announce a date and when GA Galle had requested if October 11 was alright, that was also agreed to by the Commission,” he added. 

Asked if he believed the PS poll should be held on the cusp of a major election, Prof. Hoole responded that he did not. “Our own guidelines to media direct that no polling data can be published because that would distort the poll and violate the free franchise. Section 104B (5) (a) of the constitution empowers the Commission to issue these guidelines that now have the force of law. Is an election, Local though it may be, not a pre-election poll on a major election?” Prof. Hoole asserted. 

Asked if he had concerns about Chairman Deshapriya, the EC Member replied that he was “a bit of a showman, but honest”.  “He likes to talk to everyone and that gives rise to accusations. In the past few elections he has not voted, saying that his having a choice shows bias,” Professor Hoole said, defending the Chairman. 

Prof. Hoole also denied allegations by UPFA MP Vasudeva Nanayakkara that he had “reprimanded” the Returning officer of Galle using strong words. 

“I informed the GA that he has letters from the Chairman claiming they were Commission decisions, and now a fax from me that they are not. I advised him to seek legal opinion on how to proceed. The Chairman informed me that he had checked with the GA who told him that I had never been rude,” Prof. Hoole insisted. 

Speaking about SLPP Presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s meeting at the Commission on August 26, Prof. Hoole said the meeting had originally been scheduled only with the Chairman, Deshapriya. However since the Commission meeting that day had been lengthy, and Deshapriya had forgotten about the meeting, the other two members also sat in on the meeting by accident. 

During the meeting after Rajapaksa showed his certificates to the Commission members, Prof Hoole said he asked him why a fake certificate of renunciation had been previously circulated. 

“I added that it aroused questions in my mind as to if he had really renounced his US citizenship. He replied that he was not responsible and that some supporters had done it,” Prof. Hoole told Colombo Telegraph.

“Then he gave us his dual citizenship certificate. I am aware that he applied for his dual citizenship on 18 Nov. 2005 (the day after his brother’s election as President) and had it internally approved at amazing speed on 21 Nov. 2005. On 30 Nov. 2005 he was formally awarded dual citizenship. Gazette 1423-4e of Dec. 13, 2005 states he assumed duties as Defence Secretary on 24 Nov. 2005. While looking at GR’s Dual Citizenship Certificate on the 26th I asked him if he had signed his own certificate as Defence Secretary, and he nonchalantly replied that his predecessor had signed it. However, his predecessor could not have been Defence Secretary on 30 Nov. I let it pass,” he said.

Although Prof. Hoole has answered to our questions via email, Chairman, Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has failed to do so. Colombo Telegraph sent the following questions to Chairman, Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya. It was also copied to his personal assistant Rizan Manizil and Director General of the EC, Saman Ratnayake. The questions were forwarded two days ago, however no reply has yet been received at the time of publication. 

Colombo Telegraph questions for EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya: 

Can you confirm whether the commission held an official sitting before a date was set for Elpitiya PS election? 

How did commission communicate in order to reach a decision on the date? 

Did Gotabaya Rajapaksa come to visit the commission on August 26 at 2pm? 

What documents did he show the commission and what was your response? 

On Tuesday August 27 late morning did you communicate to mutual friends about Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s visit to the commission? Did you urge those friends to convey to Mr Rajapaksa that the Commission would not block his candidacy? 

This week did you call the Hambantota Returning Officer? 

What was the content of that conversation? 

Did you discuss an ongoing investigation by the police about the 2005 voter fraud allegation? 

Did you ask the RO to give you a list of documents he was sending to the police?

If yes, why did you require that information? 

Is it true that the SLPP has requested the election to be held on November 23? 

Have any other parties asked for specific dates? 

What is your reason for not locking down dates for the election?

(By TB Bambaradeniya and Chinthika De Silva

Editor’s Note: The previous version of this article inadvertently dropped the sentence, “I let it pass” attributed to Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole. The error has been corrected.

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    South Asians are a corruptible lot lacking civic pride in general. In Sri Lanka, Sinhalese have proven themselves to be second to no one in this regard

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      mahinda doosanapriya must be having sleepless nights thinking of getting a position as white van driver under future administration in USA 7 ELEVEN SUPER MARKET STORES FOR GRANTING THIS FAVOUR…

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      These developments are very worrying indeed.
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      Lankan, I fear that your comment is a little too bold! As these elections get close, there will be wheels within wheels.
      .
      We must be very grateful to CT for bringing us these insights, but do you notice that Editor’s note at the end? This story is potentially explosive.

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        Don’t worry. Anti Rajapaksa campaign in panic mode. More to come. Relax. In journalism lie is a process and he who is not with us is against us.

        Soma

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        Looks like CT is sending it’s journalists to the Sirasa school of Journalism at Braybrooke place.
        In any case, who but the gullible believe that astrology can influence an election? Has everyone forgotten what happened to MR in 2015?
        Keep it cool, CT. Nobody is perfect.

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          Dear Old Codger,
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          Obviously, neither of us believes in astrology, but many – one is tempted to say most – Sri Lankans do.
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          However, there is the psychological effect that news of this sort has on people, including us. We know that we have to keep fighting against oppression and tyranny, but when the other side succeeds in getting away with illegalities, we could lose our will to fight back.
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          This is also the problem with the possible staging of the Elpitiya Pradeshiya Sabha Election. For some of us, this may spur us on, but I’m not sure at what point even I can be broken down.

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            But,the fact that remains is Gota does not need any devine assistance. He only needs election be held and this time around even Deshappiriya won’t be able do anything about that!

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      CT,

      Ranil W says I will contest for the Presidency of the Psras , mean IQ 79.

      http://www.dailymirror.lk/top_story/I-will-contest-for-presidency-Ranil/155-174156

      Gota says he will contest for the presidency of the Paras, mean IQ 70, as well.

      The elecctions commissioner, of the Paras, mean IW 79, says it is all right for Gota, as he has presented a certificate( Is it fake) and the Election Day can be November 23, per astrologers recommendation based on the positions of the planets and the Rajapaksa Mafia.

      A Land like no other, where the mean IQ of the imbeciles is 79.

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        Amarasiri, are you one of them too?

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          Bawa,

          Fortunately firAnarasiri, several standard deviations above the mean of the imbeciles, mean IQ 79, who still believe that the positions of the planets and the Sun, based on the geocentric model, incorrect to begin with, and they prostrate to trees and statutes, and even to imbecile saffron clad monks, who were “donated”, by their parents, because they were not the smartest of the litter, at age 7, to be child monks, and get the training from the senior monks in their backs, and they grow up to be adult monks, confused, with inability to think rationally, go berserk when women have Buddha images tattooed in the mirror arms, or wear sarees with the image of Buddha face imprinted, and they give 300,000 preferential votes to another imbecile, Buruwansa, of 2/2=0 fame, all fall into the imbecile group.

          The pollutions have a great time manipulating these imbeciles, mean IQ 79.

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            Bawa,

            Typo corrections .
            for Amarasiri
            mirror arms, should be shoulders (British woman)

            Pollutions should be politicians.

            Cheers, a Land like no other!

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        Amarasiri aiya.
        You have given the mean score to Ranil W. Sooththara Puncha deserves the highest value.

        Soma

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      Then the Moslims and Tamils have proven to be mass murderers?

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      Under Article 92 of the constitution a president cannot be a dual citizen, and must hold sole citizenship of Sri Lanka. Even though Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that he was granted withdrawal by the US Embassy on April 17th this year, his name was not in the list of persons who have renounced US citizenship. What the US Embassy has granted him may be an acknowledgement for receiving his application and the US passport. Gotabaya’s US citizenship is questionable because he has still not received the US clearance certificate indicating that he may still not be a sole Sri Lanka citizen.

      Looks like the Department of immigration and emigration has issued him a Sri Lankan (non-dual) passport based on the US acknowledgement letter/certificate. The way the Chairman of the National Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya is behaving, there is a possibility that he will accept Gotabaya’s nomination with the same US acknowledgement letter/certificate (without the US clearance certificate).

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        For those questioning Gota’s Release from American citizenship. Gota Formally applied for renunciation on April 17th. No clearance certificate as yet been issued. Gota speaks half truth. He can nevertheless be issued a Sri Lankan passport. How he applied for it is a matter of conjecture. Not pertinent at this moment. More pertinent are the Legal Wrangles he has has been caught up in. The Pohottuwa Blokes are hoping the ill winds will blow away. For the sake of this ‘thrice blessed’ Country we hope the Gods are looking down on us.

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        Get your facts staightstaight.

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      Lankan,
      I understand your frustration but I don’t think that the S Asian voters, rural portion in particular, are behaving any worse than their counterparts in advanced democracies. The BREXIT vote, Trump’s victory and the most recent Modi’d victory are all reflective of the same pattern: Their strong attachment to what they believe as theirs which are ethnicity, religion and land. Politicians of all parties know this very well and therefore, they all try to manipulate these traditional values by inserting fear of threat to win elections. If this can happen in America & Britain, why not in S Asia where rural population % is very high?

      As per MaCo, I don’t know anything about his personal political interests. However, as having to undergo so much pressure from the MaRa Gvt for trying to operate as an unbiased higher level Gvt officer, it is hard to believe that Maco would try to favor GoRa again. In case, since superficial appearance can be very deceiving, anything is possible! If a small but a powerful elite group in UNP behaving as if they prefer to lose the election as long as they keep the party in their hand, any other strange behavior of powerful people could’t be surprising. May be it is us who make the mistake by expecting them to behave as we expect them to!

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      That has lot to do the religion that most of srilankens belong to.
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      They have put buddhism above anything else, but not real buddhism.
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      Buddhist monks are given the highest place in the prmitive society, just because they are wearing buddhist costumes, regardless of the charactor of them. Over 80% temples are caught by the allegations levelled at them, to have molested child monks on and on.
      :
      Lately, this was caught by the media and against, it was buried under the carpet for some reason. Impunity is governing in this country if a monk would have been part of a high crime. People ‘s spine is weakened from their childhood days on. There are social media video of some kids, being parroted by their own parents, having fed them with some teachings of buddha, and the others seem to be following them.

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    Only way out would to support NON PARTY candidate such as Senior lawyer Mr Nagananda K.
    Then only we can get the people’s constitution passed immediately the president is elected by the nation.
    In the proposals placed before the nation, Mr NK has been begging the people to read and agree with it. All those parties that feel that we dont have any other alternatives getting pass a constitution with the election of president or the leader for the future of the nation, can freely join the movement of NK.
    I as a srilanken living in Europe but am closely watching the developements of the day down there, feel there is no other option before the people to kick of the traditional representatives, if they would miss this chance.
    In SL, incumbent president proved by every facets, that the man got elected after 19 Amd being passed have no chance to be bold with his powers. Now being fallen in the same pit as his predecessor , seems to have forgotten that the bugger himself went on campaigning to curtail the powers of EP in late 2014 prior to the election. For some reasons, rascals and culprits dominated srilanka would not give a place for facts but to the hearsay-style rhetorics being floated in the air by Biased Media men.
    Media and Drug mafia are the main pillars of Rajapakshes Chinthanaya apart from having tamed SIVIRU wearing skin heads, by name so called BUDDHIST monks but all means they are just PINGUTHTHARAYAs living on the costs of the poor peoples alms.
    Mahanwansa myth which keeps SRILANKEN society as it is, is the greatest problems, even more than the problems being faced by MINORITY srilankens because even true buddhists that seems to have their all says against prevailing buddhism (so called buddhagama), those head monks seem to be not doing well allowing real buddhists to govern the nation.

    • 3
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      babanpunchi
      Wwwwwwwwake uuuuuuuuuupppp.
      Nagananda and Pallewatte are already in Basil’s pocket.

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        /b> Champa, I don’t agree at all.
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        It’s not only the Youtubes now. There’s a Mobitel phone that serves “Inquiries” now, and I’ve been getting answers to some of the searching questions that I ask those volunteers.
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        Nagananda I certify as genuine as you, but (sigh) you retain an element of chauvinism. He hasn’t got any of that. He’s disciplined, and may put forward somebody with more charisma and SA. Do you remember what you found in my account of the change of regime in the Maldives.
        .
        Nasheed has now generously asked Solih to continue for five years, instead of the contract for 18 months. There will be a startling gain in credibility if a harmonious team emerges when nomination period is gazetted. What a contrast with the internecine war within the UNP!

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          Sinhala_Man
          I standby what I said.
          I doubt Nagananda will even contest. He and Pallewatte have joined a clique which has two other Presidential aspirants. Only one of them will contest.

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            PART ONE

            Champa, I agree.
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            You seem to be pretty well informed
            on all this. I’m going on the Youtubes that I’ve seen, and what I was told by the volunteers who spend time on the Mobitel phone meant for the Public.
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            The comments on the Youtube indicate hysterical personal support for Nagananda, but in his own words, on those interviews, he says different. I must say that he’s clear and unambiguous in all that he says, but listeners are going along with our Sri Lankan habit of wanting personality cults.
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            The volunteers on the Mobitel confirmed this, respect the enthusiasm, but are less into adulation. They are disciplined, talked freely, but seem not to know who Nanaganda’s inner team consists of. That will be shared with all Sri Lankans when the elections are gazetted. That’s fine by me. However, if there isn’t total transparency after that, I may even abandon these people.
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            The English version of his booklet is not yet out -the Sinhalese is on my HDD, downloaded. It is satisfactory. I said, “forget the English, get the Tamil out”. That’s been printed they said. I said that though I don’t know a word of Tamil, I consider that very important. I then told them about how the author of “The Broken Palmyrah” (they knew the Sinhala translation) is a vegan. Incomprehensible to my interlocuter. However, when I said “no milk”, then they said that Nagananda also was like that – only eats ginger nuts.

            So, he too is a vegan.

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            PART TWO
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            Confirmed, about ginger-nut ingredients.
            I bought four different brands. One was “Ginger Cookies”, more expensive and contains milk. No milk in the “nuts”. Giving brand names seems to lead to censorship by CT. So, the picture that emerges for me is that of a disciplined individual, but not one who will impose all his personal values on us.
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            You see, on Youtube, Nagananda says that foreign trawlers are poaching on our marine resources, and our fishermen, must be helped maintain their livelihood, and our people their diet.
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            Most readers will say that I’m sold on this programme. That is correct. However, I will be vigilant for any sign that we may be let down – and then, I’ll tell you. Nobody seems to think that they will get anywhere, and even I think that getting 10% of the total polled will be a huge achievement. However, the people on the campaign actually expect to win, but they do approve of strategic voting using Preferences, and asked that my first be for their candidate – whoever that be.

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            But you, Champa are always not a good predictor.
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            You may be playing with us (CT commenters) again.
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            We need to stand against Rajakshes by every means, they are barbaric and we dont want them the uneducted men to represent us again. People are made blind by media mafia currently being active in SL.

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              Doubt you being a Sinhalaya but you sure are a desparate man.
              You say we don’t want uneducated men to rule us that surly implies you prefer educated bank robbers.

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    I am surprised that a member of the ‘independent’ Election Commission giving these largely internal information to the Media, right or wrong. Most of the revelations are against another member. If he has any claims about political partiality of the Chair, he should have gone before the Constitutional Council. The present actions may question his own independence or partiality. I am sorry to say about this to Prof Hoole.

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      “I am surprised that a member of the ‘independent’ Election Commission giving these largely internal information to the Media, right or wrong. “

      What is the problem here? May I ask what was the internal information that was confidential revealed in the news? Why is the “right or wrong” qualification in the sentence. Do you mean, even if that is right, you have an impulse to defend you DSc disciple?

      Did commissioner Mahinda set example of not talking internal matters with others? Who are friends he was talking to pass messages to Old King? What was the purpose of giving the confirmed presidential candidate a visit to election commission? Did his security guards went with guns too, to the commission office?

      Can we know the procedure followed to offer DSc to a genocide murderer, which you are opposing? Who brought this board matters outside?

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        Genocide was carried out by the LTTE and its official mouthpicve, the TNA. They were rewarded with the position of leader of the opposition and government favours, instead of being tried for siding with a terror organization

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          Bodin,
          Click “Sri Lanka massacres” on Google.
          You will know who carried out “massacres” in Sri Lanka.

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      Laksiri, Prof Rathnajeevan Hoole is a highly partisan individual who should not have been in the commission. Since the chances of Gota winning the presidency is very good, the said Prof is trying the eleventh-hour manipulations to stop Gota from contesting.

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      Laksiri Fernando
      C’mon, how come they are “internal information”?
      Gotabhaya is a Presidential candidate-designate and the Commission is paid by the public. If the EC is independent, the Chairman should not have any secret meetings with any of the Presidential candidates or even if he had, he has the responsibility to inform the public.

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      Laksiri.
      You are too hasty to criticise me.
      I am all for whostle blowing. But this time it is not by me. All the allegations agaimst the Chairman are from other sources unknown to me. I am not even sure they are true. For example on his promising the 23rd for elections, during our conversatiom on Friday he tended to favour my proposal for an early date and we agreed to disscuss further at the Commission meeting tomorrow, Monday.

      My only quarrel with him is about the Elpitiya gazette which we as a Commission can sort out on our own.

      If you read carefully uou will see that I expressed my trust in him.

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        Ratnajeevan,

        I have no objection for whistle blowing if the facts and motives are reasonable. However, in my opinion, one should not do it while in an independent commission. Of course the report is based on other sources, but your name is very clearly implicated. If they have implicated you wrongly or inadvertently, it is up to you to disassociate yourself from the report or sections of it. It was not my purpose to defend the Chairperson. I have seen him also talking too much publicly without much guard. Based on what you have said, Elpitiya matter may be a such an event, although I am not fully aware. Such also can compromise the independence. I cannot comment on the Elpitiya matter clearly off hand. However, it is a matter, in my opinion, that you all should resolve internally. If not possible, a clarification could be sought from the Supreme Court itself. I have not been hasty. Your name is implicated in a political battle. What is forthcoming is an important (presidential) election. Both independence and integrity of the Election Commission should be safeguarded.

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          Dear Prof. Laksiri Fernando,
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          You have said, ” What is forthcoming is an important (presidential) election.”
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          It is so important that there ought not to be this “by-election-like-thing”, just before that. I believe that upto 1956, elections were staggered, not held on one day. Perhaps you could give us the facts about that.
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          In India, the general elections are spread over many days, but no results (or even counting – there’d be “leaks”) are released until the last vote has been cast.
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          This is “Sinhala_Man”, but I will submit using my real name, which will get a green gravitar. I know your aversion to answering cheats.

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            Dear Panini Edirisinghe,
            I understand there is a Supreme Court decision on the matter. It would be good if Colombo Telegraph publishes it. I make this request to Uvindu (CT Editor) as well. Then we can discuss it. I couldn’t find the decision in the web. According to the CT report, it has said ‘as soon as possible.’ I also agree that this Elpitiya local election should not be allowed to influence the presidential election. If the local government election has to be held within a particular period (before the presidential election, for example), what the Election Commission could do is not to issue the results until the presidential election is complete. This is just one option. Likewise, there can be some other options. My feeling is that we all try to exacerbate problems without resolving them. Perhaps this is human nature or Sri Lankan nature!

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              Thanks, Prof. Laksiri.
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              We’re getting to the point where the credibility of even the Supreme Court is getting eroded, and I’ve heard people say that they, too, were here trying to help the Pohottuwa Cause.
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              As you say, it’ll be good if we could see the Supreme Court order.

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          Ah, Laksiri Fernando, the man who proposed doctorates to the murderous Rajapaksas by the University of Colombo with alacrity, thereby devaluing the university and its degrees; the man who had an assignment to teach human rights to the military and then made a mockery of it. The man who made weaselly and moronic arguments about the 19th amendment’s impact on the presidency, even invoking his ‘expertise’ in Political Science, only to be silenced and schooled by the unanimous verdict of the Supreme Court.

          A man whose conscience was comfortably asleep all through it, is suddenly stirred by whistle-blowing, even after Dr. Hoole has explained that, while CT sought his comments later, the real whistle-blower was someone else.

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          With all respect to you Mr Fernando. Name of the god, please respect him, that he clearly says that he has not .. tipped it off.
          So, you need to be not that servile to Rajapakshes, please think of the academic community.
          This time, we have to take every action stand against Rajapkshe reutrning to take over.
          They have proved enough the how they could govern this nation.
          By 2015, almost every nation cornered us as a barbaric nation thanks to Rajakshes.

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        Mr Hoole,
        Laksiri s records prove well that he make quick decisions. That we noticed at the time, October FAKE govt was repeatedly praised by so called Prof. Fernando.
        For some reasons, LF is caught by Rajapkashes mantra. I have no doubt, some hidden men are behind LF to make the kind of figures eternal blind as is the case with rural people across the country today.

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        Professor Hoole. Happy to read your comments, and faith and trust in Commissioner. Much relieved. At this time an impartial Commissioner is of utmost importance.

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      Looks like Laksiri Fernando has replaced Dayan Jayathilake. He is already a high commissioner, Laksiri also wants to be one under the future regime?

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    This is most disappointing! I have just submitted a comment which says “We are fortunate to have such a man in charge of conducting our country’s elections. “`
    .
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/my-good-friend-carlo-fonseka-is-gone/
    .
    Now it looks as though I have to eat my words and tell Prof. Hoole that I’m most disappointed with him and his Commission. Do I now sound fickle?
    .
    It is Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya whose conduct is most blameworthy, going by what I read here. To actually fix the date of the Presidential Election on a date sugged by Gota’s astrologer is very wrong indeed.

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      Sinhala_Man
      Don’t worry about astrologers. Interestingly, many have altered their previous statements, I guess, due to pressure and intimidation from Basil R.
      Somethings are too good to be true, you know. I don’t think Gotabhaya will have such an easy path on everything. Who knows some people may be acting.

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      Sinhala man
      Beware of Amarasiri aiya who might give you a rating below 79.

      Soma

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        Dear Soma,

        He may be justified in so doing. I’m one guy who never used to question the integrity of those who gave me a low rating.
        .
        On the other hand, the ratings I have hitherto got have never been abysmally low.
        .
        O wad some Power the giftie gie us
        To see oursels as ithers see us!
        .
        Comes from here, so excuse “poor” spelling:
        .
        http://www.robertburns.org/works/97.shtml
        .
        In your case, I begin to see more rationality in what you say, but perceive insufficient flexibility in the treatment you prescribe for “minorities”. All are individuals, for me.

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      the astrologer will be killed if gota loses.he is playng with fire,the fool.

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      This is a very important article, and I may well have been the first to comment on it. The above comment represents about a third of what I submitted about 2.00 p.m. yesterday.
      .
      I fear the moderators are handed a hard job because of some of our quirks. I noticed that this was put on and trimmed more than twice. I’ve now removed the offending bit, and am putting on the coninuation. I’ve explained it here:.
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/presidential-elections-tamils-choice/
      .
      .
      Continuation . . .
      .
      This was good to read, and a sensible decision:
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      https://www.republicnext.com/prespoll2020/slfp-named-candidate-election-commissioner-confirms/
      .
      It is interesting to see the twitter by Namal Rajapaksa. One wonders whether Mahinda Deshapriya alone knows all this, with the other two Commissioners not being privy to these non-binding applications which are rightly being kept away from us members of the public. Will Commissioners Abeysekera and Hoole get to know only from newspapers?

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    I have always believed that Mahinda Deshapriya was more Intelligent than to favour The Goat!
    Or is he being very Devious because He does not believe in the Influence of the ‘Stars’?

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    If true, I am not at all surprised. In Lanka every one seems to have immunity and special privileges , except the common man. “Concerns about Deshapriya—“, over to you Rusiripala, constitutional expert and activist. (please read the para before responding)

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    Lankan elections are for criminals to get immunity and to be held on auspicious day and time. I am not laughing anymore.

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    Thanks for this update about Deshapriya and his games, but this premature hot air over local and Presidential elections distracts from the more important issues of the lack of Provincial Council elections and the debilitation of Provincial government.
    The real reasons that the Provincial Council (PC) elections have not been held by US puppets Bondscam Ranil and his Saudi- funded Muslim partner in crime, Mustaphar, (who like Bathudeen and Hizbullah are also part of the Muslim MP gang to pave the way to set up US military bases in Sri Lanka), is because PCs rejected the MCC land grab project that was presented in the guise of the Development (Special Provisions) Bill in 2016, that also proposed to set up 2 Super Ministries whereby MCC could bi pass Provincial Councils authority to land grab.
    This is the real reason for the PC elections delay and debilitation of Provincial Council (PC) , as well as, other local and national governance institutions, and why PCs are important.
    Previously, when US citizen Basil Rajapassa was towing the MCC line and the Jarapassa regime was negotiating with MCC as Palitha Kohone revealed at the MCC Pathfinder Foundation discussion, there was the Divineguma Bill for so called poverty alliviation that the MCC claims to do that met a similar fate, rejection by PCs, and this led to and resulted in the impeachment of Sri Lanka’s first woman Chief Justice.
    TNA and SLMC are cats paws for the US project to set up military bases with MCC and SOFA so they will not protest about PCs and this is why the PCs have been debilitated for opposing the setting up of 2 superministries for MCC to by pass local and provincial government powers particularly land powers so US can landgrab for its bases Please see link below
    http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Why-did-PCs-reject-the-Development-Bill–121425.html

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    Anti Rajapaksa campaign in panic mode.

    Soma

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      soman

      “Anti Rajapaksa campaign in panic mode.”

      What happened to Gota’s campaign to attract sympathy votes by sleeping in a Singapore Hospital and scaremongering? Was trying to emulate Duminda Silva?

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    Its good to know that GR has pals in the system. I now understand that Ranil is contesting and indeed its an easy walk for GR to the presidency. Now MACO can be rest assured he will continue to be in the post and may be after his retirement will get a diplomatic post for himself.
    I did not know that Ali Sabri PC was his attorney and its a good choice because I know Ali Sabri is a good and a capable lawyer. Good luck to everybody in the scene and of course to the poor voter, Khali Amma’s blessing

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      I’m sorry, Mr Perera.
      .
      I know I agreed to a truce, but you continue unrepentant.
      .
      Readers, you will find this hilarious, how I ran circles around this anonymous man:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/royal-institute-acts-supremely-above-the-law/
      .
      And, Mr Perera, I suggest how you look at the earliest stories which trace how Bandara’s problems with that branch of the school began with his hiring Major General Kamal Guneratne as “disciplinarian-in-chief”. Brute Guneratne could possibly cook Gota’s goose for him.
      .

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        Who is this swollen headed idiot. There was no battle to have a truce with any body. For heaven’s sake get involved in the intellectual discussion with a diversity of opinion and avoid being centrifugal. Beg you to go to an elementary school that would teach the meaning of intellectual dialogue.

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          Dear Perera,
          .
          So, according to your initial statement, Gota needs “pals in the system” to manipulate the elections for him. That is your own observation.
          .
          Those readers who didn’t bother to, ought to go back to those “Royal Institute” comments. It exposes the sort of guys who support Gota. Here he asks me who I am. I’ve given him my name, and much else about him there. It was he who said that I had revealed too much about myself. That had been to prove through those details that what I was saying was really true.
          .
          An “idiot” I may be, but surely not “swollen-headed”. He describes his own efforts as “intellectual dialogue”. He does know a few English words.
          .
          Please study there with what politeness I began discussion there. He then complained that I was anonymous. With that cleared it was other things that he brought up.
          .
          As I’ve said there, Royal Institute and Bandara (neither known personally to me) may have their venial faults, but their problems there began when they recruited Gota’s pal, General Kamal Guneratne to look after “discipline”. Yes, we can imagine how we will be taught that using their “white vans”.
          .
          Please look carefully to get an idea of what life will be like under the “Bi-polar” guy:
          .
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bipolar_disorder
          .
          I sympathise with him, but we can’t possibly license him to kill again.

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    Deshapriya is one who will not stoop to support anyone’s agenda. Not even CT’s. It looks CT is rooting for Hoole ha ha!

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      Now he has turned into Mahinda Deshadrohipriya…

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    Dr. Sunanda Deshapriya,
    please, please, reign in your brother!!!!!

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    Winning by hook or by crook….mostly crook.

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    Professor Hoole on one side and Ahimsa on the other firing in all directions..
    What hope poor Nandasena has against this formidable combination even to get the nomination approved by the Yahapalana Election Commission , let alone win the Election.

    No wonder our poor inhabitants call Dr Ranil the cunning Nariya….

    Wonder what the situation will be if Professor Hoole throws out Nandasena’s Application at the Eleventh Hour .
    And Dr Ranil couriers his ,a second or two before closing time?..

    And Dr Ranil’s Elite Anglican , Vellala and Wahabi Faction roll Keselwatta Kid by sacking him from the UNP?.

    Can’t wait to hear that ground breaking statement of the Yahplana Heavy , Dr Ranil’s mate Pachcha Ranawaka, has promised to deliver on Wednesday. regarding the Election.

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    Sir! It takes two to Tango!
    Rape of Sri Lanka for 71 years was not conducted by criminal politicians alone. They have always been enabled to loot and destroy this beautiful country by shameless top civil servants. Who continue to show their lack of backbone and integrity. True from Bradman Weerakoon, Austin Fernando down. DESHAPRIYA is just the latest example. SPINELESS, DISHONEST, COWARDLY CLOWNS!

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    i do not know the facts of this case but deshapriya is sri lankas greatest showman

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    I am surprised that a member of the ‘independent’ Election Commission giving these largely internal information to the Media, correct or not. Most of the revelations are against another member. If he has any claims about political partiality of the Chair, he should have gone before the Constitutional Council. The present actions may question his own independence or partiality. I am sorry to say about this to Prof Hoole.

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      “I am surprised that a member of the ‘independent’ Election Commission giving these largely internal information to the Media, right or wrong. “

      What is the problem here? May I ask what the internal information that was confidential revealed in the news? Why is the “right or wrong” qualification in the sentence. Do you mean, even if that is right, you have an impulse to defend you DSc disciple?

      Did commissioner Mahinda set example of not talking internal matters with others? Who are friends he was talking to pass messages to Old King? What was the purpose of giving the confirmed presidential candidate a visit to election commission? Did his security guards go with guns too, to the commission office?

      Can we know the procedure followed to offer DSc to a genocide murderer, which you are opposing? Who brought this board matters outside?

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      It is not an independent commission at least not when the likes of Prof RJHoole is part of it. You may remember how he petitioned the SC during the Government change in November, that was completely unethical.

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        Petitioning at SC of a Coup in progress is unethical in Lankawe? Is that the smart patriotism in practice in Lanakwe?

        Blame Buddha Moda for having tried to put something into the head of these asshats; nobody else.

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        wannihami

        “ou may remember how he petitioned the SC during the Government change in November, that was completely unethical.”

        “Government change in November”
        I suspected it was a bloodless coup, you and I know it was a coup.

        Wannihami
        Whats the matter with you?

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      Mr. Fernando,
      You have no credibility to question the integrity of Prof. Hoole. He is one of the very few scholars who have the backbone to stand against power. You, on the other hand, is a Rajapakse lickspittle waiting on the wings to land perhaps the high commissionership to Australia.
      Good luck with that.
      I am one of your ashamed students.

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        You are spot on.
        For some reasons, Fernando has been tamed by Rajaakshes rascals.
        I thought it was only that Dayan Jayathilaka belongs to that category of so called academics.
        But I also read somewhere, Rajapakshes rascals were awarded with Dr Title even if they had not the basic degree completed, there, this man JOKER Laksiri Fernando had been in that committee. How come ? I some times feel all those migrated to DOWN UNDER are not real good srilankens. That Mahindapala has always been attacking Tamils and MUSLIMS even if he has now been shedding his last breath being an octagenarian.

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          Laksiri at one time denounced his friend Dayan J.
          But now as he appears to be in Basil’s pocket he must have shaken hands with his former pal.

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          Another one of those so-called scholars is Malinda Senevirathna. He is clearly another Rajapakse bootlicker and waiting for Gota to win to get a Dayan like a post, perhaps. It is clear now that he has given an affidavit to Gota in support of his request to set aside Ahimsa’s case against Gota. Malinda claims in that affidavit that he is an independent journalist!! Oh my God!!!
          He also recently claimed that he too has a Ph.D. Ho was kicked out of a Ph.D. program in the U.S. and had to leave the U.S. as a result.

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    In journalism lie is a process.

    Soma

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      Editor Soma,

      Is that Medamulana Telegraph?

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    A). I do not see any inappropriateness in Deshapriya (D) meeting with a declared candidate for the upcoming election and discussing issues with candidates or even voters is part of the job of the Elections Commissioner. – who is a public Servant. I am sure some of the other Candidates including Ranil, Premadasa or Anura K may have already done so, or intend doing so. My view is D acted appropriately.

    B). Much has been made by the media that Gota voted in a previous SL election while being a citizen of US. There are 3 possibilities a) Gota was a dual citizen at the time – so could vote, b) Someone impersonated him seeing his name on the register, or , c) Gota cast a vote being unaware of the law. I strongly believe it is b), rather than c).

    I am aware that my name still appears in the voter Register although I left Sri Lanka quite a few years ago.

    B) Also, there is nothing wrong with D discussing Provincial Council Elections with President or with Ranil or other interested parties. After all D is the Elections Commissioner, and Elections ARE his responsibility. Let the man do his job.

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      Correction
      There is no Commissioner of Elections after the 19th amendment. He has been replaced by the Election Commission.
      The Commion has three members of whom one, Dehapriya, is Chairman.
      In theory the only extra power the chairman has is in having a tie-breaking extra vote, the need for which has not arisen yet in our almost 4 years of existence.

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    “Rajapaksa showed the three member commission copies of his dual certificate and his certificate of loss of US citizenship. However none of the three commissioners scrutinized the documents or indicated much interest in the affair.”

    It should have occurred to at least one of the commissioners to instruct Gotabaya to submit the certificate of loss of citizenship to the Examiner of Questioned Documents and obtain a report of authentication from him.

    The more important the document, the less attention it receives!

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      Yes, dear Estate Labourer, they missed a trick there, didn’t they?
      .
      Just a photocopy (and all that equipment would have been only an arm’s length away, would have sealed it.
      .
      But blunt Hoole isn’t the suspicious sort.

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        Sinhala_Man,

        Can you please let me know WHO and WHEN will investigate the citizenship status of Gota. Thank you.

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          Dear Puzzled,
          .
          Now it’s you who have got me puzzled. Obviously, we’re on the same side, and I agreed with your initial statements.
          .
          Our problem is that Gota initially presented a forged certificate, then admitted its inauthenticity. Then we had the strange collaboration between Ranil and Gota. Now all of this that CT has revealed. Mahinda Deshapriya seems to have asked parties for details so as to check in a relaxed fashion. That’s been after they had that meeting where they forgot the existence of the Examiner of Questioned Documents.
          .
          Clearly, Mainda Deshapriya has not been sharing all that he should with the others. The three of them must now consult through the American Embassy, etc regarding Gota’s status.

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            Sinhala_Man,

            It is possible to request documents on Gota with a FOIA request to the Department of State but to my best knowledge receiving an answer takes years.

            A Presidential candidate can object to the nomination papers of another candidate but I do not know is citizenship part of the nomination papers.

            I still fail to understand who decides whether a candidate is eligible. It must be an authority in Sri Lanka not US Embassy or Department of State. The removal of the lady MP with Swiss citizenship became reality only after a court decided on the case filed by individuals.

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      Estate Labourer.

      Sorry. This part of the CT report conflicts with the part about my observations on the documents. Poorly researched.

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    Edward Upali: You said a very relevant .i.e. “Let the man do his job”. Just because he met Gota, why do we want to come to these conclusions, as regards the date of election; Gota’s certificate of Renunciation of US Citizenship etc. Anyone has the freedom to meet the Commissioner and haven’t that freedom recently and in the past used by other parties. That meeting was by “prior” appointment and the fact that it “coincided” with the date of the meeting of the Commission is understandable . The revelations made by Prof. Hoole , I feel a bit too “irresponsible”, in that he too decided to ” I let it pass”. Gota is worried as to legitimacy of his candidature because of the ambiguities that prevail on his citizenship. So let him talk to the Commission, Chairman and keep him informed. In a way, it is a good thing, because the Chairman now has to get ready for any “eventuality” that would definitely come up at the time of nominations. Now he cannot say, ” I don’t know” or ” I didn’t verify it”. His “meeting” Gota is on record and in a future “event” this Chairman will have to “answer” many questions. So let him bear that “responsibility” too and allow him to do his job. So far he has done a good job and that expectation must be held even now.

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    Laksiri don’t be surprised. This is Sri Lanka. Remember the privileged documents leaked from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Ariyasinghe about ACSA, SOFA and MCC were waving by media personalities in the media? Were you fast asleep then not to notice and not to ask him to go before the CC? In our Paradise Island this is how the transparency works.

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    Wow. Excellent.
    Finally, everybody’s apprehension is over. We now have a date for the Presidential Election. Be happy, Machangs, at CT.
    I guess, at the end, Ranil will not field any candidate, but cut a deal with Pohottuwa. I don’t think anybody will care, as Gotabhaya cannot win the election. Also, it should be another reason to not to vote Gotabhaya. This shameful uncivilized political practice of cutting deals for one’s own selfish survival should come to an end.
    Now what is the problem with this date? Stars? :D :D :D :D :D :D There is a simple way to overcome this problem.
    I understand Gotabhaya is a Scorpio.
    Let us find another Scorpio, so the date is favourable to that person too!!!!!!! If not, who knows, there can be people who could even control Stars.
    I renew what I said before. I am ready to give a name to any secondary political party to field against Gotabhaya, who could easily outsmart him.
    There is no way the country goes back to the hands of Gotabhaya and Basil again. I will use my maximum strength and more to stop that.
    About Chairman of the Elections Company, I am not surprised. He was bought over before. He will be bought over again by different people this time. However, it won’t be easy this time, as people will rise against any election rigging at the next Presidential Election.
    The current election brouhaha is only among politicians and their cohorts and henchmen . There is a spiral of silence in the country. I guess, people will not make any noise this time. On the day of the election, they will silently choose their candidate based on their own independent rational analysis.

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      Now, there’s my Champa jewel. Absolutely sincere. I hope that Amarasiri will not this comment.

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        I meant, Ämarasiri, note this comment”.
        I obviously need sleep. Good night.

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      Champa,

      Gota becoming President is the perfect karma for all the Buddhist/Sinhalese haters. Gota gave the orders to execute the surrendering LTTE leaders in 2009, that is why they hate him so much. There is nothing left of LTTE, other than some Rudrakumaran bugger in Manhattan, spending the diaspora money on 5 star cuisine with the white lawyers.

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        Lester
        This is not LTTE’s problem. This a problem of the future of our country.
        Gotabhaya has never said he is a Sinhalese Buddhist or that he will protect Sambuddha Sasana.
        He says a new Constitution should be formulated which is totally unnecessary.
        When Shavendra’s appointment was condemned by the US, Canada, EU and the UNHRC, he didn’t utter a word against them.
        So far, he hasn’t promised that he would not sign SOFA, VFA, MCC’s COMPACT and annulled ACSA IF he becomes the President.
        There is every chance that he will start from where Ranil stopped.
        Electing him as the next President will be a big mistake.

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          It is not a mistake, but Sinhalese finally put the foundation to the end of sri lanka. How many time I tried to convince Sinhala Modayas that Rajapakses are the dream of the western spies because they are mixture of Malasian, Chinese, Tamil and Christian. These are the reasons that western spies desperately promoting Rajapakses in Western media as war hero to Sinhala Modayas. On the other hand, Western spies brought war crime chargers against Rajapaksas as part of super trick to fool Sinhala Modayas and get them sympathy votes.
          My friend, my answer to your other question. if someone is not descendant of Sinhalese Buddhist, what a use of telling ” I am Singhalese Buddhist.” This is bribe. This the major problem Sinhala Modayas have. Many foreigners who came to Sri lanka during British time found Sinhalese are the biggest treacherous Modayas in the world.
          This became the biggest victory to Tamil their western spies who want to destroy Sinhalese identity in order to rule Sinhalese Buddhists. And western spies did not have to do a big covert operation to get Gota connect to a Tamil. Rajapaksese already have Tamil in their family.
          Now look at why Western spies chose Ranil . It is the same thing. Ranil family is Christian have Tamil relatives. It same with Badaranakese. So my friend tell me why the hell Modayas have no brain to choose genuine Sinhalese family to rule.
          There are millions of example that Sinhalese Modayas’ dumb corruption caused the end of Sinhalese kingdom in Kandy result was Sinhalese Modayas installed a Tamil women in Kandy. Kandyan story well studied and followed Western spies. And Colonial spies did not have to install a Tamil women. Sinhala modaya already did.

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        The LTTE is not over. Sampanthan and his team were the official spokesmen of the LTTE. They are the power behind Ranil who collaborated with Prabhakaran and signed the CFA. What happens in other countries to people who support sedition? Do they get appointed as leader of the opposition, or do they get sent to jail for high treason?

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    Alas! The statements against Mahinda Deshapriya is unsubstantiated. CT paints a picture that the only upright Commissioner is Prof. Hoole. It looks that there is a big tussle between the two. Now, Prof. Hoole has a record of even going to courts on the dissolution of Parliament. I wonder why Prof. Hoole is not going to courts on these issues? There is no doubt that Prof. Hoole is a man who would dot every i and cross every t. Just because the practical thinking of Mr. Deshapriya guided by years of experience is at variance with that Prof. Hoole and the point of view of Mr. Deshapriya appears to favour Herr Gottler that doesn’t give a license to any body to accuse Mr. Deshpariya of being bias to Herr Gottler.

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    It appears more than Deshapriya, it is Hoole who is trying to subvert the EC to prevent Gota’s candidacy and Elpitiya election ordered by the Supreme Court no less. Who is Hoole to defy SC order? It is not Hoole to pre-decide who may be favoured in an election. His responsibility is to ensure elections are held in a free and fair manner and all contesting parties be able to contest without hindrance and let people to make their CHOICES. The choice is not Hoole’s or any other yahapalanista stooge. This is exactly why yahapalana machinery including Hoole did not held local elections. Yahapalana machinery even stopped cooperative society elections after realising SLPP was winning everyone of them. Who is subverting democracy here?

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    CT

    Re August 26 Meeting

    “During the meeting Rajapaksa showed the three member commission copies of his dual certificate and his certificate of loss of US citizenship.”

    As per your article of 5th September captioned: “Ahimsa Objects Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s Motion To Stay Legal Action Over Her Father’s Killing”,

    the Case against Gota in the US is still ongoing. Important questions that arise are:

    1. Can the US Court hear a case against a non-citizen, if Gota is no more a citizen?

    2. If Gota is No More a US citizen, why didn’t his Lawyers point out this fact and ask
    for the cancellation of the case instead of calling for the case hearing to be
    postponed?

    Aren’t things becoming “curiouser and curiouser”?

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      Have you not heard of non-Americans being concicted in American courts? Of Indian fisshermen being tried in Sri Lankan courts?

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        Lost in Court

        Non-citizens are charged and convicted in US or SL or in other countries ONLY when the Laws of the countries concerned are violated by non-citizens in the countries concerned.

        At least 10 cases have been filed in the US against GR for Offences/Crimes allegedly committed by him in Sri Lanka ONLY because he is a US citizen. No US court will entertain any case against for these alleged Offences/Crimes if he is NOT a US citizen.

        I hope that clears your doubt.

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    It is foregone conclusion UNF will win the presidential election no chance for chauvinist racist and ruthless Gotabaya we just don’t want to loose our freedom under a american monkey

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    Current Election Commission has suppressed Right to Vote by certain influences of members of Commission has link with by Western lobbying and leadership of that UNP highest positions interventionist. The last 4 years Election Commission functions has paralysis by UNP of “good governance”.
    Under 2015 Jan 8 the regime change has taken place by Western agenda that Right Vote is Not there. But certain elites are still preaching of ” Democracy” of under UNP regime has discard Right to exercise vote by citizens of island once and for all.
    Now new theory created and proposed by Elites are an opposed to even local council election at Karadiniya ? Eventually they( Lakasiri) proposed that until Presidential Elections RESULT of that the Local Council Election results could be held by Commission of election office.
    What type of a “democracy” these elites are speaking of ?
    Are they running for another anarchism of politics by that vandalism of democracy.
    They do NOT wanted people give that mandate to CITIZENS to change current regime in power looking after that USA interest by UNP leadership of unholy alliances with that TNA JVP JHU MC and CBK + MS!

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