6 August, 2020

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The AG Must Give Truthful Accounts & Fair Representation To All Clients

By S. Ratnajeevan Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

On 11  and 12 May 2020 several newspaper and websites (The Daily Mirror, The Island, etc.) quoted the Attorney General as stating in court that day that he cannot represent the Election Commission in the ongoing FR petitions on the Parliamentary Elections.  The Attorney General represented by ASG Indika Devamuni de Silva said that the AG would represent only state institutions named as Respondents. The EC was not considered a public institution; it was an independent commission. Therefore the AG Department would not represent the Elections Commission or its Chairman, the ASG added.

Nonsense. Pure spin. The EC has been an Independent Commission from late 2014 and has been represented by the AG in several tens of cases. When did the AG discover that he cannot represent Independent Commissions? 

In recent times, there had been an issue between the President and the Commission. The Commission saw as impossible, as a corollary to the President’s Gazette of 2 March 2020, the holding of elections in time for the new Parliament to meet on 2 June 2020 as required in the Constitution. We therefore had written to the President (through his Secretary Dr. PB Jayasundara) asking him to seek the advisory opinion of the Supreme Court on what to do. The Presidential Secretary refused on behalf of the President, although article 33(1)(d) enjoins the duty on the President to “on the advice of the Election Commission, ensure the creation of proper conditions for the conduct of free and fair elections and referenda.” In my opinion the President thereby failed in his duty. The point here however is that the President and the Commission were at odds.

In the present case the AG was representing us, the EC and at the same time effectively the President. The AG had been given Chairman Mahinda Desapriya’s proxy and responses drafted by our legal staff. The AG’s responded by letter dated Wednesday 6 May 2020 asking for all three Members’ proxies and responses to every averment in the petition from each of us three. He set a deadline of 8 May.

In many past cases the AG had claimed to speak for me without my proxy. In one case when my lawyer Hejaaz Hizbullah appeared for me, the Court refused to believe him as the AG purported to represent me. The Court then sent someone to the Registry to confirm that I had indeed given my proxy to Mr. Hizbullah. May God keep Mr. Hizbullah safe as he suffers in prison as a large section of the legal fraternity seems to have abandoned him in sheer fright and anti-Islamic frenzy.

In the present case when my Assistant Commissioner (Legal), responding to the AG’s conditions, asked me for my proxy signed over to the AG, I refused. This is a case where the President was effectively made a Respondent by the Petitioner naming the AG as a Respondent in his place. Given the conflict of interest between the President and the EC, whose interests would the AG represent? He had to choose one of us. I therefore on Sunday 10 May 2020 refused to give the AG my proxy, telling him that I had no confidence in his judgement. I believe it is to save face when his neutrality, judgement and ability to handle two clients in fairness are questioned, that the AG discovered that he cannot represent Independent Commissions. He responded on 10 May itself saying he will not represent us. 

Just recently 16 March 2020, a statutory nomination date had been declared a public holiday. The EC did not accept nominations which raises legal questions over not accepting nominations during the 7 days from 12 March to 19 March (not counting Sunday 15 March. Then 17 ,18 and 19 March 2020, all statutory nomination days were declared public holidays. These public holidays are “dies non, short for dies non juridicus” (days on which no legal work can be done). This makes the nominations tainted and therefore invalid. There are arguments at the EC about whether it is our fault (for not knowing those were public holidays) or the fault of the Ministry of Public Administration that issued a Circular on 17 May at 1:45 am saying they are special holidays when emergency services such as at the Secretariat would be open (allowing nominations to be accepted), and then issuing a gazette perhaps backdated saying they are public holidays. All that is however irrelevant as those whose nominations were unlawfully accepted and the nominees and those who intend voting for the nominees will have their fundamental rights violated if the courts order those nominations rejected.

The Commission’s English Language Affidavits that Led to Loss of Franchise

Another fault regarding nomination involves the affidavits of candidates using English forms without the space for saying where it was executed. So several nominations of those who filed in English were rejected. The way it works if one person is faulted, the whole party or independent group has its nominations thrown out. 

Again there is no point in arguing whether it was the Commission’s failure in proof-reading the nominations or that of the notaries of candidates for not knowing that every affidavit must enter the place where it was executed. The fundamental rights of candidates and their supporters were violated. We cannot be heard to say “Rex Non Potest Peccare,  Latin for the king can do no wrong. Today when the king is wrong, he can be sued and is answerable.

The mistakes need to be admitted and the stripped citizens’ rights restored. In a good, modern society, that needs to be done, however costly doing so is. That defines how decent a society we are.

The Commission consulted the AG on this matter. I asked why, when we have the mental faculty and a President’s Counsel on our Commission to make up our own minds. The response is that if we are sued, it is the AG who will represent us. Alas, alas!

So we waited for the answer to our query on the nomination papers. He replied on 8 May: “It is observed that nominations have already been accepted by you in respect of the Parliamentary Elections of 2020. In this context, it is further observed that you have also taken consequential steps for the conduct of such elections. Therefore, in the circumstances, you are required to follow the procedure established by law for the conduct of such elections.”

I did not need a PC to tell me that I must follow the procedure established by law. The law requires rejecting tainted nominations. The AG himself has begun consequential steps in asking us for proxies and responses but is refusing to go for the next step in representing us in court.

The whole system is flawed. We escape responsibility by throwing our problem at the AG and he escapes responsibility by throwing it back at us by offering inane opinions.

This is why I say I have no confidence in our AG. To escape responsibility and to avoid questions over his competence, the AG now says he has decided not to represent us because we are an independent commission which he has represented many times till now.

This conflict of interests issue is not new and the AG should be aware. In AG K.C. Kamalasabesan’s time (year 2005 or so), university dons were cheating on the circulars of the University Grants Commission. The AG decided  to represent the academic cheats and the universities that granted promotions based on false claims by the cheats, and at the same time the UGC. In court the AG took up the position of the Cheats and the Universities. When Mr. Elmore Perera bringing suits on behalf of the Citizens’ Movement for Good Governance objected, and I on the UGC backed Mr. Perera’s stand, the AG unable to defend his own position, threatened not to represent the UGC and finally agreed to back off. It seems that the AG’s never learnt its lessons and is back to cheating on behalf of the big fish.

Truthfulness and justice are inseparable. The AG as the Chief government lawyer must uphold the truth. Then justice for citizens will be served.

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    Funny this is coming from a person who……….
    ……….tried to block GR’s nomination publicly.
    ……….is trying to convene dissolved doomed “yahapalana” setup unconstitutionally.
    ……….is trying to postpone due general election to keep “yahapalana” setup unconstitutionally.
    ……….is trying to cancel already accepted nominations to satisfy “yahapalana” backers.

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      Mrs SCP,
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      whatever you say, would not be valid anymore- once the legal authorities see it legally.

      There are whole lot of evidence proving that Gotler was still an US-citizen by the time, he gave nominations.

      You can bring the kind of statments – that pigs might fly – but as you know over 60 lacks never stood by Bp Rajakshes politics – however easter sundy bombing changed it – drastically, throwing the stupid people back to crocodile mouth. Now the people have been experiencing it – not being able to transparet of anything – what ballige puthas inpower are against the thoughts of 10 year olds… but the carawan moves until… the very same fate would be the case as experiencd in 2015.

      MACO s total ignorance – yet hearing is it was not necessary to prove that any candidate’s duality when taking nominations – which is not in accordance with the paragraphs as stated in the constitution/and other legal stuff where they have been described.

      There had been speculations, if BP Mahinda Rajakashe would have given nominations, nobody would go questioning even if the paragraphs state that no longer than 2 terms would be allowed any candidate to serve as a president to this country – however, there is something that the general public cant realizze what it is… placing saffron robed PINGUNTHARAYAS above the law, vicious politicians of Rajakshes nature would do anything high crimes, on brought day light – there the law and order would only be restricted to the books.

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        I know that you are illiterate.
        But please try to understand.
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        This is how someone renounce a US citizenship.
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        You go to the relevant embassy and swear an oath………………
        It says that the renunciation happens when this is accepted and approved by the State Department.
        Then embassy issues a document called “certificate of loss of nationality of the United States”
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        GR’s citizenship is renounced from 17th of April 2019.
        And GR had this document from May 2019 onward.
        Well before nomination date.
        US Ambassador herself announced that Federal Register list is backlogged and it has nothing to do with the date of renunciation.
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        And that is the document produced and accepted by ID office and passport office.
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        And that is the document produced and accepted by SL courts.
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        And…….
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        That is the document produced to election commission along with the cancelled passport.
        Commissioners who agreed inside and cried outside are irrelevant.
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        And…..
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        I hereby challenge…..
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        Idiot bullshiters like…..
        kali / leelagemalli / Buddhist1 / rj1952 or anyone else to prove I am wrong.

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          Mrs Pasqual,

          you would never be able to win the game.

          But you are not alone – so long sivuru wearing bps would be placed before the rule of law – you the punnakku eaters and your perception would not be changed an inch to the facts.

          Wait and see, if not today, there will be a day that the bps will have to respect the law and order.

          We the ones living in Europe are well aware of renouncement of a citizenship.
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          It is a very long process in USA and European countries. By the time, application is approved, they the responsible should have to see

          if the applicant – free from any high crime and the like allegations
          if the applicant – has to pay lot more in the line taxes to the state
          if the applicant s renouncement would be a threat to the state etc.

          Please let your 10 year olds to educate you – thank you.

          If your PUNNAKU brand would need to be changed, just let us know – we are more than happy to help you with that – since you are JUST one of those 6.9 millions of voters.

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            Mr. leela ge …..,
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            You are the biggest shameless lier i have ever seen.
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            This is the US government link to show how to renounce a US citizenship.
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            https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/travel-legal-considerations/us-citizenship/Renunciation-US-Nationality-Abroad.html
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            Renunciation fee is only $2,350!

            You fill out and sign the DS-4079 questionnaire – request of loss of US citizenship
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            Then…
            First interview to ensure that you aren’t renouncing your citizenship under duress.
            The second appointment to read an oath in which you state your desire to renounce citizenship.
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            Your documents are then sent to the US State Department, which reviews the paperwork and makes a decision on your case in about one or two months. You will receive your Certificate of Loss of Nationality afterward.
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            And…. you are an IDIOT.

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              Koheda yanne malle pol – when questioned where you are going – answered with ” malle pol” – I have some coconuts in my bag… ha ha… Pasqual… get your kindergarten lession from Medamulana bps… They are indebted to you forever.
              :
              But never forget, you have no right to mislead CT readers. You will never succeed there.
              :
              Go back to your cage or to their overflowing toilet silos – that you will consider as ” the best swimming pools of the world”:
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              No point of wasting my precious time for the brainwashed of your nature.
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              Get well soon !

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          Mrs Pasqual – the condom supporter of Rajaakshes

          Please get the definitions of ” illiterate”.

          illiterate adjective
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          il·​lit·​er·​ate | \ (ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-t(ə-)rət
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          Definition of illiterate (srilankens are literate – 93% – and they are not politically literate) – their mindsets are caught BUDDHAGAMA – a manipulative buddhism going by Mahawansa – I am born buddhist as almost every one down there, but I stop myself kneel down before Kelaniya Wiharaya Chief monk who has proved to be NUMBER one ballige putha of the nation having misled masses in the last election being part of Rajapakshe trickery. That alone will block him attaining nirawana oneday. The kind of bps are no worth to lanken society anymore.

          1 : having little or no education especially : unable to read or write an illiterate population
          2 : showing or marked by a lack of acquaintance with the fundamentals of a particular field of knowledge musically illiterate
          3a : violating approved patterns of speaking or writing
          b : showing or marked by a lack of familiarity with language and literature an illiterate magazine

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            Mr. leela ge …..
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            cut and paste error…?
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            Can understand the level of education of a person who needs to check dictionary for the meaning of “illiterate”

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          Dear Professor SC Pasqual,
          I understand your education level is much more than a human being can achieve in this world. Over 99% Sinhala people couldn’t get your literate advice to murder their children and give a diamond medal for that murder.

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        leelagemalli

        Hi before I comment on something can you confirm whether yoy are male or female and I think the latter.

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          I think you might be a female. right ? However I dont want to talk about your gender, but your comment led me to mention it here.
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          I am male and the reason why I have prefixed Pasqual that way – is he attacked our GURU Mr Sinhala Man for no reason.

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            Understood and no offence intended. Pasqual doesnt need any reasons.
            For clarity Kalithason is a male.

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              My best friend at Pera was a tamil: He should have been murdered down… I have no idea, I did not hear from him for ages. Not just him, there had been lot more among them disspaeared early 90ties in SL. Since then, we have been active whereever we can… I dont think we are lucky to see a better govt in our home country again.
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              My colleagues are not srilankens. i have had no close contacts with slankens in recent years except I am travel back to my relatives in SL every 6 months or so. Nor have I close contacts with any srilankens while living in EUrope. But I love CT – for the last 7 years. I do what I can.. we will even plan to do lot more in the months years to come.
              :

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            Kali / leela ge …..,
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            Please do your couplings in privet.
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            This is a public forum.
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            Civilized people don’t do things like that in public.

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              Ms Paqual,

              you ve been trying to be decent ?
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              why is that ? I dont see anyone close to SLPPers would ever see it right.

              But the silent fraction of SLPP is growing since what they expect by voting for GR is far from the achievement in this life. Gota s political masturbation with his brother has ruined the current govt as of today. Only their self adulations seems to be in place but not a single state commends their politics.

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                Ms Pasqual,
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                Please see your nearest psychologist … that can help the masses that have been misled by your on and on.
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                In today s context even former SLPPers become silent.. not being able to digest the FAMILY rule goes forward it today leaving SO CALLED WIyathmaga being marginalizezd from day by day.

                The biggest puzzle – why BPs appointed a millatry man as the secretary of Heath Ministry ? while these buggers fill up them from their kith and kin – what thought would go in the heads of those who have been waiting for these positions for such a long time. Besides Dr Jasinghe or the like are highly competent to the position that any hand picked ballige puthas.

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              Sinkala Pasquali

              What rubbish are you talking about.

              1) This is a public forum.
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              *** What do you know about Public Forum. In public forum people dont use foul letters but that is all that comes our of your moth when you open . FILTH.

              2) Civilized people don’t do things like that in public.

              *** Exactly so you know how low you are just like Gotha the CRIMINAL.
              You ask Gotha nicely ” How are you mate his reply will be . WHY ARE YOU ASKING ME YOU UT-I-A PUTHA. May be an illiterate like you have never listened to his interview.

    • 18
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      Sikala Pasquali

      Frankly what you have written is CRAP.. I know I am wasting time but you must be driven off.
      A Constitution is

      “a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed.”

      Gotha you lover has broken every ord of the Constiturion. He is not Leaglly and Morally entitled to be a President but 6.6 Million of you born Racists voted for him backed by Crooked Judges.

      As for your Crap

      Funny this is coming from a person who……….
      ……….tried to block GR’s nomination publicly.
      ……….is trying to convene dissolved doomed “yahapalana” setup unconstitutionally.
      ……….is trying to postpone due general election to keep “yahapalana” setup unconstitutionally.
      ……….is trying to cancel already accepted nominations to satisfy “yahapalana” backers.

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      Sikala Pasquali

      Frankly what you have written is CRAP.. I know I am wasting time but you must be driven off.
      A Constitution is

      “a body of fundamental principles or established precedents according to which a state or other organization is acknowledged to be governed.”

      Gotha you lover has broken every ord of the Constiturion. He is not Leaglly and Morally entitled to be a President but 6.6 Million of you born Racists voted for him backed by Crooked Judges.

      As for your Crap

      1) Funny this is coming from a person who tried to block GR’s nomination publicly.

      *** The only funny thing is your name. Ratnajeevan was right to block Gotha for reasons I have given
      2) is trying to convene dissolved doomed “yahapalana” setup unconstitutionally. is trying to postpone due general election to keep “yahapalana” setup unconstitutionally.

      *** The only thisng Unconstiturional is Gothas Nomination an election.

      Gotha is a CRIMINAL ruled by American State Depaertment.

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        Dear Mr Kali,
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        These backlickers of Rajapakshes would never think twice. They dont care about the race, religion but stand against resepct and dignified way of life.

        They call you and muslims as kallathonies, but me as NGO worker or back pleaser to wetern govts. I am only a srilanken that would treat any human being without any barriers. I dont care about my sinhala genetics when it goes to help out anyone. We have done it at the time, those fishers caught by tsunami.. but in the end rajapakshe looters embezzeled that in thousands of millions not leaving the ones who were then really in need. .. can you imagine ?

        In my childhood days – going back to 80ties ( I was still in SL), my elders went on saying, if Rajakshes – beliaththe rascals would become the leaders, the nation would have been a messy state. These buggers in that medamulana family were seen as rasthiyadhu karayas… President CBK and good natured politicians are right to the letter having said – Rajpakshes are UNCULTURED, UNCIVILIZZED, UNEDUCATED BASTARDs.

        I am speechless. if I would have been living in SRILANKA they would have killed me to the very same manner they did it to that Rugby Player – Wassim Thadjudeen…. whose murder was no second to that of JAMAL Khashogi.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9odU1lQ_w44

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          Mr. leela ge …..,
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          It’s time to change your name and start lying under another bullshit name….
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          Good luck.

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            SCP Mrs Pasqual,
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            Please dont insult me or anyone that make every effort to educate you in our home country – calling us as fake avatars.. we have never changed our usernames. I have been active on this CT platfom for the last 7 yrs or longer. NOthing can take me away… I am international citizen by the way. I am born sinhalaya, but I would not support any rascals or uncultured bastards in any race.. We are enjoying democracy – civilized life styles being able to to stayin Europe – and we have done a lot to our poor people in motherland. Unfortunatly, the huge amounts of funds transfered to srilanka on behalf tsunami victims ended up being part of bps deposits. That is why and various others reasonable reasons cause us to stand against RAJAPAKSHE rule.

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      Cheapest toilet papers = Mrs SC Pasqual.

      This kind of men or women would be plentily available in my home country. So long there are there, our second generations would never be able to see a better future in that country.

      We the srilankens living in Europe would never donate to bps led srilanka but any other country. I have no sympathy towards the poor any more if they would not change their mind set for getting rids of Rajapakshes Rascals.

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    An amicus curiae (literally, “friend of the court”; plural, amici curiae) is someone who is not a party to a case who assists a court by offering information, expertise, or insight that has a bearing on the issues in the case.

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    How could a person who is a party to a legal case in the Supreme Court issue a public statement related to the very case? Does he know what is going to happen and now try to get sympathy or blame others? Looks like he is in a difficult situation. If EC has no authority to nominate an election date after 2 June, his refusal to agree with a date in May is wrong. Now he wants AG to support the commission. AG is a party answerable in the case. So, AG can not represent one party. No wonder he is now desperate. Let SC decides who is right or wrong. My gut feeling says, SC will decide EC has the authority under extraordinary circumstances (global event beyond their control) to pass June 2 deadline and President has the authority to run the caretaker government beyond that deadline under the same condition.

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      Atu

      Another Gotha Lover. What is the problem mate. Sri Lanka is a low rate third World Lawless Country where a CRIIMINAL ( Gotha ) Pardons another Convicted Criminal. So why cant a Proff comment on matter which is of Crucial Importance.

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        Mr. kali,
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        Still lying from left to right…..?
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        I understand you have run away from my challenge…?
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        Better change your name and start commenting under another bullshit name….
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        Good luck.

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          Sinkala Pasquali

          1) Still lying from left to right

          *** This is what is called tossing and turning. The person who is more prone to do it is because you ae restless. I am in total control of myself wheres as you are disoriented identitywise.
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          2) I understand you have run away from my challenge.

          *** What chellenge you are . A Sinkala Kosu like “Vasu Theva Nanayakara” compared to the mighty ” Kali”
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          3) Better change your name and start commenting under another bullshit name.

          *** Tamils are not impersonators . They are real and Genuine. unless Animals like you Leopard

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    Ratnajeevan

    The AG Must Give Truthful Accounts & Fair Representation To All Clients

    *** You are frankly wasting your time. A.G stands for AGENT of GOTHA. and how do you expect impartial verdict or Opinion from a Biased individual even acting under Duress. The 5 judges of the Supreme Court ( in name only) who are hand picked by Gotha to hear the Petition are from the Majority an no doubt Gotha Lovers. Their Judment is a foregone Conclusion but what is going to decide Sri Lankas fate is the devastation caused by the Pandemic. Let us look at the evidence.

    1) There is a lot of Misinformation and Disinformation being put out to win the election whenever it happens. Such as Sri Lanka has received orders for $1 Billion Apparell Items . What a load of rubbish. The Countries who will order these are reeling from recession so the outlet is closed for the foreseeable future. So it is LIE.
    2) China has promised to step into rescue . China is suffering the same after effects with the Economy in Shrinkage. Even if willing to help that will be subject to Indian Scrutiny.
    3) Tourism revenue is Nil
    4) Income from Expatriates is Nil. Expect the 3 months salary given by the American EXPATRATE Gotha . What a Joke.

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    Prof Hoole
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    ‘The whole system is flawed’ – I agree whole heartedly. In as much as dual citizen may not contest, such a citizen should have no place in the independent commission regulating elections.

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      Jurassic Park

      Natural habitat of animals

      Definition of Dual National

      dual nationality, is a person’s citizenship status, in which a person is concurrently regarded as a citizen of more than one country under the laws of those countries.

      In as much as dual citizen may not contest, such a citizen should have no place in the independent commission regulating elections.

      *** Can you tell me why a Dual Citizen cannot Contest where as an American Citizen can stan Uncontested and become a President. Another Gota lover to the list

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        Kali
        You forgot to clarify who is the American citizen who became President, uncontested. Are you a geriatric or illiterate?

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          No Jurassic Park

          You are a bit thick with no understanding. Even the Sri Lankan Judges didnt know if Gotha was American or African. But just like LBW they decided to rule him Sri Lankan

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            Kali
            Look in the mirror and see who is thick. Both US Govt. and their Embassy in Colombo have confirmed GR revoked his US citizenship before Presidential elections to the utter disappointment of you and your types.

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          Jurassic

          Uncontested because the outcome was never in doubt.It was onesided.

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            K
            Uncontested has a commonly accepted definition, whether there was doubt or not about the outcome. You could say weakly contested but not uncontested.
            What is the point in getting agitated when an error is pointed out?
            One does not need to appear right all the time.
            *
            GR had regained Sri Lankan nationality at the time. That made him a dual national. He then applied to renounce his US citizenship. The US takes a long time to rule and takes some more time to publish.
            GR did not have concrete evident at the time of nomination, although he forfeited US nationality in April (?) last year.
            The EC could have been strict on the matter and insisted that without confirmation of forfeiture of US citizenship the nomination would not be valid. All members failed, but for different reasons.
            Now, in retrospect, we have elected a Sri Lankan national about whose US citizenship there was doubt at the time.

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      I would agree with your comment if it concerns ethics but not if it is about legitimacy.
      The law seems to allow one but not the other.

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        Precisely. The law is an ass! Net result of appointing imbeciles to draft purpose designed constitutional amendments for narrow political gains. Dual citizens with divided loyalties should never be appointed to any authority involved with conduct of elections, especially independent commissions. Neither should they be elected to any office.

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        SJ,
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        Please reveal more about the ground realities in srilanka today, if you live in the island.
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        I am very worried of hearing the news that an another milltary man is appointed as the secretary of health ministry… ?????????????????… not seeing the smallest relief when reading srilanken developement.. It is becoming almost like bad soldier took the barber’s knife.

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          LM
          The risk of military playing a big role in government was strong ever since the escalation of the war not just in 2005, but much earlier.
          The military budget has not been reduced by a cent in any budget after the end of the war.
          Appointing retired military officers to overseas missions was a sign of things to come
          When the government is politically weak or bankrupt the military could step in. Many of our educated people subscribe to the view that military rule is better than corruption tainted democratic government.
          COVID-19 is an opportunity that the military will not miss.
          It may be time to think of ways to deal with the seemingly inevitable.

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    Prof Hoole
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    ‘Truthfulness and justice are inseparable’ – correct again. Do you admit to a transport allowance double the entitlement of all other Commissinors since your appointment claiming you live in Jaffna when you live in Colombo until you had to vacate the premises in February due to repairs?

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      I am surprised by the silence of his proxies as well.

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    The AG resembles several tragic heroes of Shakespeare rolled into one:
    Gloomy like Hamlet, jealous like Othello, betrayed like Julius Caesar and ranting like King Lear. Sad……..
    Not a cat knows where he stands at any given point of time t=t.!

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    Prof. Hoole! Just as much as we cannot understand you peoples’ action as the Commissioners of Elections in this whole electoral business, even lacking in making due diligence before deciding amidst a veil of secrecy, no body cannot understand what the AG too decides. I am not saying that two wrongs make a right but I do say this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black. ABUSE of POWER? Yeah! all of you did it and continue to do it. What is the net result? A President can draw money without any public disclosure. More the Elections are postponed the worse it would be. You Prof! Now have the freedom of speech to write how you feel at least even in CT even spitting at your fellow Commissioners. The “Thalaiver” (The Tamil translation of Fuhrer) is dead and gone more than 10 years ago. But yet still you don’t have the freedom of speech to talk about your denial by that megalomaniac of a self-proclaimed demi-god to function as the Vice Chancellor of the Jaffna University even in CT. Can we believe that you are right and all the noise you create as genuine?

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    Dear Leelage Malli and Kali

    I know both of you can not fathom GR is supported by majority of people. So both of you attack people who write supporting GR personally without debating on facts.

    When you (Leela…) attacked SCP, you could not argue about the fact GR’s US citizenship renunciation was completed before the date of nomination calling, even after the US embassy has confirmed it. Then you said it can not be that it takes time to do the following checks.

    if the applicant – free from any high crime and the like allegations
    if the applicant – has to pay lot more in the line taxes to the state
    if the applicant s renouncement would be a threat to the state etc.

    Does this means that you now agree that GR has no such issues as he got his Citizenship renunciation successfully by the US authorities whom you have high regard. Now from this point on wards, you have no right to say GR is associated with crimes or any other allegations. See now where you have ended up.

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      Checkmate
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      Atu@

      Thank you for your response. I owe you a response, since you have mentioned my avatar several times. Btw Very good morning from Germany – we ve been enjoying a good weather over there today… we are locked down by our settings, else we would have been travelling across the globe as done prior to COVID… but with the curve becoming flattened for Germans, it is relieving us a lot this week than a few weeks ago.

      Listen – dont we have right to guide you with the facts ?

      GR’s US citizenship is still not clear to the masses – by the time, nominations were accepted his was still not proved either… so please let me add them below perhaps it will help you further if you are not brainwashed – we the ones livingn out of country would not fall on the same lies as is the case with millions of the vulnerable within the srilanken hell (to me, srilanka is beautiful only based on its natural beauty – people are highly corrupted also within my circles, they lie for money – they are made to be that submissive by BUDDHAGAMA followers (not necessarily worth mentioning it as BUDDHISM today).

      Just focusing on ” if the applicant – free from any high crime and the like allegations”

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        Mrs. Leela ge …..,
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        First……..
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        Who cares where you are commenting from.
        Who cares what weather you have.
        Who cares where you travel.
        CT is not a weather channel or travel guide.
        With your literacy level no wonder you judge German death rate of 5% is safer than Sri Lankan death rate of less than 1%.
        Good luck on that. And stay safe.
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        And what facts? Have you ever….. EVER included a fact in your comment?
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        And…..
        You say “…..so please let me add them below…..”
        Can I ask where……….?
        Is it in invisible ink……….?
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        And…..
        We can understand that “…..people are highly corrupted within my circle, they lie for money…..”. You are that kind of fellow.
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        Still “focusing on”…………………?
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        Followings are the facts. Proven facts.
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        And there is no politics in this.
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        Lieutenant Colonel Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, RWP, RSP, psc, is a proud Sri Lankan citizen.
        With
        Valid Sri Lankan Birth Certificate.
        Valid Sri Lankan ID.
        Valid Sri Lankan Passport.
        .
        After inspecting ““certificate of loss of nationality of the United States” issued by the “United States Department of State”
        # Sri Lankan courts decided that there is no issue with GR’s citizenship.
        # Election commission decided that there is no issue with GR’s citizenship.
        # Department of Immigration & Emigration decided that there is no issue with GR’s citizenship.
        # Department for Registration of Persons decided that there is no issue with GR’s citizenship.

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      Atu

      Dont be too hard on Gotha baby.

      GR’s US citizenship renunciation was completed before he was CONCEIVED

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    Thank you for the response. I know the meaning of the word “if”. Of course the US government will check “if the applicant- free from any high crime and like allegations”. So, they found nothing such and allowed renunciation. Isn’t that enough for you to move on? Or else, will you scream until no more air in your lungs while GR moves on? Of course you have right to select any path. Majority would not care as you have already made the decision to domicile in Germany as you did not want to be a part of this domestic affair. Let them resolve their issues.

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      Atu,
      thanks again.
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      Let s wait sometime. Truths will never be buried forever.
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      I will take always the side of the victimized… that is my nature. No race, religion or any other factors have succeeded sofar begin stood on my way. All these i can continue so long I am international citizen.

      The court case filed against GR in CA is one of the donzens.
      :
      We know perfectly well how his command worked on killing over 23 unarmed prisoners.
      We also know how he abused collossal amounts of state funds for construction of monuments in Hambantota cave.. just after getting red handed to paythe sums off cant forgive him easily going by prevailing laws in the country, if that is special for him, it should be re-investigated.
      :
      Avangarde funds being stolen over the years, can all be well exposed if srilanken financial bodies would all togehter work with their counterparts in the US. People are all not stupid as you guys are compelled to see it…

      We ve been patiently waiting – how long HIGH CRIMINALS rule the nation this way…. I am optimistic… Lybian leaders ended up being found dead in drains, not just one single man, but entire family… these are the consequences of all those leaders that stood against the rights of the people. So I dont think Rajakshes would eternally be able to manipulate you easy targets.

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    Hay Folks, just concentrate on evidence. Gotta at the material time of nominations had not relinquished the US Citizenship and his nomination is in breach of the constitution of Sri Lanka. This is the lesson. What do you do next against the immunity story?
    God knows.

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    I have read through all this, but I have not dared to comment on this. Even in writing something here, I’m not going to dare to say anything meaningful. I know I’m just not able to formulate an opinion that is sufficient.
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    Some of the arguments which disapprove of the line taken by the Attorney General don’t appear to be relevant. However, I can see that the end result of what the Executive is saying is going to take away whatever rights we, the people enjoy.
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    Even if we are not able to consistently counter the arguments adduced here, I think that I can state that I’m unhappy about what is being done to the honest elections Commissioner, Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole.
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    I’m sure that I have submitted more forceful comments elsewhere.

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