Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Marxist Party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) accused the government of "deviously" deploying state employees in the election campaign and said the party would lodge a complaint with the Human Rights Commission today.
JVP members Sudath Balagalla and Attorney at Law Sunil Watagala are expected to hand over the petition to the Human Rights Commission.
Addressing a media conference Sunday at the party headquarters at Pelawatta, Information Secretary of the JVP Vijitha Herath said the party hopes to take legal action regarding the deployment of state employees to campaign for the government which is a blatant violation of law.
Herath said recently, certain state officials have held meetings for Samurdhi Development Officers, Agricultural Research Officers and graduates recently recruited by the Ministry of Economic Development instructing them to enlighten the people in the Uva Province on government's development programs. The officials have ordered the state employees to compulsorily participate in the government campaign, Herath revealed.
Speaking of the attacks on the party's campaign offices by the ruling party supporters, Herath said on one hand terror is unleashed using state power and on the other, state employees are deviously deployed for the campaign.
"Deploying state employees and carrying out attack against the JVP indicates the decline and the bankruptcy of the government. As people's issues were not solved inn Uva, it became the poorest of all provinces," he said.
The JVP parliamentarian said that the 18th Amendment to the Constitution has made the Election Commissioner powerless and despite the evidence of election law violations and other thuggery acts, no action has been taken.
“Today the backbone of the Commissioner of Elections of our country has been broken. No legal action is taken despite there is evidence. The police don't obey his orders. He functions only as a clerk. He was put down to this position by the 18th amendment the government passed in parliament," Herath said.
He said the party decided to go to the Human rights Commission as the Commissioner of Elections is unable to take legal action. When the inquiry to the complaint to HRC takes place the Commissioner too will have to answer.
"However, we don't expect 100% justice from this move," the JVP MP said.