MEP: Elections not over

Published : 9:00 am  August 27, 2015 | No comments so far |  | 


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By Yohan Perera
United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) would have to make a decision on its future in the coming days given the situation risen over the National List andDM_20150827_A001-16 on the forming a National Government, its ally Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) said yesterday.

MEP leader UPFA Leader Dinesh Gunawardane told a news briefing that the National List of the alliance had been submitted without getting the Secretary’s approval by UPFA former general secretary Susil Premajayantha, violating the practice of UPFA.

He recalled that the National List slots were decided by UPFA allies during the past years and the procedure was same during this election. But he said it was surprising to see Premajayantha submitting another list, which included defeated candidates as well.

Gunawardane said the 2015 General Elections couldn’t be called free and fair, when one considered the manipulation of the National List.

He said the elections ended only when the elected MPs names were gazetted. Therefore he said the electoral process was far from over as the lists were not gazetted yet.

In such circumstances, Gunawardane said one could safely say that the election was far from being free and fair one.

He said the removing of general secretaries of both the UPFA and the SLFP also contributed to unfair nature of the elections as that incident pulled UPFA from a victory, which was imminent.

He said UPFA did not have a mandate to form a National Government as people who had voted for it had endorsed the pledge given by the party during the polls that it would form a government of its own if elected.