Local government candidate of Sri Lanka’s ruling party complains of election malpractices

Apr 12, Negombo: A candidate from Sri Lanka’s governing United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) who contested the recently concluded local government elections has complained to court of election malpractices.

UPFA candidate for the Ja-Ela Urban Council, L.J.E. Ranaweera has filed an application before the Negombo Provincial High Court complaining of the malpractices witnessed at the counting centers and has sought an order for recounting of the preferential votes.

He has alleged vote rigging and bribing of election officials by UPFA candidates during the last local government elections.

Ranaweera has alleged that the other UPFA candidate had changed the number of votes polled at the counting center by offering a bribe to a counting officer.

The incident had allegedly taken place at the Siyena Teacher Training College at the Paththala Gedera counting center.

Meanwhile, another UPFA candidate and a UNP candidate have filed two more affidavits of the malpractices they had witnessed at a counting center for Ja-Ela Urban Council.

The UPFA garnering the majority won six seats in the Ja-Ela Urban Council.

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