Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka election monitors say candidates bribing voters
Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 12:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 09, Colombo: Election monitors in Sri Lanka say that a large number of candidates have imported various items to be sold among the people who support them at the Western and Southern Provincial Council elections.

According to the election monitors, candidates plan to distribute mobile phones, wristwatches, laptops and other equipment among the supporters.

Election monitors have complained that the distribution of such items to obtain votes amounted to bribing, a clear violation of election regulations and law.

As a result of the protests, some candidates have reportedly suspended distribution of materials to people but some others continue to distribute items like plastic chairs and spades etc.

Local news reports said last week that Pasindu Yapa Abeywardena, son of Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, had imported two containers of mobile phones to be distributed among the people of Matara district from where he is contenting for the Southern Provincial Council.

However, the candidate rejected the claim and said that he had requested the Fraud Investigation Unit of police to probe the incident.

Many of the candidates accused of distributing equipment are the sons or close relatives of government ministers.

However, Minister Johnston Fernando's son Johan Fernando who was accused of distributing gifts among voters failed to become first in preferential votes as he expected at the Northwestern Provincial Council elections in September last year.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
JVP to lodge complaint against Sri Lanka Cricket
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's National Executive Council to discuss Code of Ethics for parliamentarians this week
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's Marxist party asks people to make relief provided in interim budget permanent
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lankan government revokes a US$ 16 million order for a new aircraft for presidential use
-- [5 hours ago]
No 'His Excellency' for Sri Lankan President
-- [6 hours ago]
Protesters block upcountry train service in Sri Lanka
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's Housing Minister orders independent audit at his ministry to detect fraud
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Army recruits Tamil youth as tradesman
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's controversial Chief Justice says he has not retired, resigned or vacated his office
Sri Lanka Bar Association defends removal of Mohan Peiris from Chief Justice post

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.