Feb 15, Colombo: The leader of Sri Lanka's leftist Nava Sama Samaja Party (NSSP), Dr. Wickramabahu Karunaratne Saturday appeared in police to answer questions over the submission of false nominations from his party to upcoming provincial council elections.
Police Media Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said the Dr. Karunaratne appeared in the Gampaha Police Station and made a two-hour long statement on Saturday.
Speaking to the reporters after making the statement to the police, Dr. Karunaratne said he informed the police that it appears to be a conspiracy against his party and the false information may have been entered into the nomination list by some group as a part of the conspiracy to disrepute the party.
According to the police the NSSP has filed nominations for 43 people and out of those 16 of the names and addresses provided in the list were of non-existent candidates.
The police launched the investigation after the election officials in the Gampaha District of the Western Province brought the fraud to the attention of the police.
The Spokesman said the police will seek the advice of the Attorney General’s Department to initiate legal action.
SSP Rohana explained that a signatory of a document bears full responsibility for its contents and Dr. Karunaratne has signed the nomination document as the secretary of the party.
"It has been revealed that 16 out of 43 names present in this list are false. We will obtain advice in this regard from the Attorney General's Department and initial legal action," the police spokesman said.
According to the Provincial Council Elections Act of 1988, any person guilty of preparing a fraudulent nominations list can be jailed for two years and that person also becomes ineligible to vote, to be registered as a voter or be elected as a public representative for 7 years.