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* Sri Lanka opposition party requests Elections Commissioner to probe alleged irregularity in Monaragala list
Thu, Mar 4, 2010, 01:41 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake had requested the Elections Commissioner to hold an inquiry into the alleged alteration of a name in the UNP Monaragala District nominations list.

Attanayake said that he had in writing requested the Commissioner to hold an inquiry in to the complaint received by the party that there has been an alteration done to a name by including a different name in the final list handed over to the District Returning Officer.

"We are yet to see a copy of the final list that was handed over to the Returning Officer. However, we have received a complaint that the name of one candidate has been replaced with another. We have now asked the Elections Commissioner to inquire into it," he said.

Attanayake also observed that the Commissioner has been asked to ensure some justice to the candidate whose name has allegedly been removed from the UNP Monaragala District nominations list.

The controversy surrounding the UNP Monaragala District nominations list commenced when the name of the SLFP (M) Wing candidate Tissa Kuttiarachchi was allegedly removed and replaced by another name in the final list. Kuttiarachchi has accused former UNP parliamentarian Ranjith Madduma Bandara for allegedly altering the nominations list. Madduma Bandara has denied the accusation saying he would take legal action for leveling false accusations against him.

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