May 23, Colombo: Elections Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya has sought advice from the Attorney General regarding the voting rights of former Army Commander and Democratic Party Leader, Sarath Fonseka.
Deshapriya said at a news conference that the Attorney General's advice was sought as there is a complaint lodged over the vote cast by Fonseka during the Western Provincial Council elections held this March.
Fonseka voted at the Western Provincial Council election in March and his voting created controversy since some argued that he has no civic rights following convictions by a court martial and the High Court.
The Elections Commissioner said that Fonseka's name was not registered in the voters' list of the addresses given to the Elections Department and his name was registered at a different address.
According to the Commissioner, Fonseka's name was registered at a residence belonging to one of his relatives in Piliyandala.
The Commissioner said he would follow the Attorney General's advice to determine the Fonseka's eligibility to be included in the next electoral register.