Feb 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) today handed over a letter to the Election Commissioner protesting his failure to take action over major violations of election law.
In its petition to the Election Commissioner, the UNP stated that the Commissioner had failed to take any action regarding the Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa's participation in the launch of United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) candidate Udaya Gammanpila's election campaign.
The Defense Secretary was the chief guest at the launch of the election campaign of ruling coalition's Colombo district leader who represents Sinhala Buddhist party Jathika Hela Urumaya.
The UNP pointed out in the letter that the secretary of the Ministry of Defense cannot engage in politics as a senior public official.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake mentioned in the letter that the incident could not be easily ignored as it was completely illegal.
Udaya Gammanpila clarifying his position to Ravaya newspaper has said that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was not an administrative officer but a political officer. Therefore, he could engage in politics, Gammanpila argued.
The UNP also stated in the petition that the government is misusing public servants and state property for its election propaganda activities for the upcoming Western and Southern Provincial council election.