Apr 08, Colombo: The Election Commission has declared that Ajith Kumara Mannapperuma has been elected as a Member of the Ninth Parliament representing the Electoral District No. 2 – Gampaha to fill the vacancy left behind by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake due to his imprisonment.
Secretary General of Parliament had informed the Chairman of Election Commission that, Ranjan Ramanayake ceased to be a Member of Parliament and accordingly there’s a vacant seat in Parliament with respect to the electoral district of Gampaha in terms of the Article 66 (d) of the Constitution.
The Election Commission Thursday issued the relevant gazette notification announcing the appointment of former state minister Ajith Mannapperuma to fill the vacancy.
Following is an excerpt of the relevant gazette notification:
WHEREAS, the Secretary General of Parliament has informed the Election Commission, under Section 64(1) of the Parliamentary
Elections Act, No. 1 of 1981, that a vacancy has occurred in the membership of the Ninth Parliament by reason of ceasing to
be a Member of Parliament of Mr. A. A. Ranjan Leo Sylvester Ramanayake, who was declared elected as a Member of
Parliament for the Electoral District No. 2 – Gampaha under Section 62 of the aforesaid Act;
And whereas, the Returning Officer, for the electoral district which returned the said member was directed by the
Election Commission under Section 64(1) of the aforesaid Act to fill this vacancy as provided for under paragraph 13(b) of
Article 99 of the Constitution;
And whereas, the said Returning Officer acting under Section 64(2) of the aforesaid Act and in terms of paragraph
13(b) of Article 99 of the Constitution has made a return in Form “M” set out in the First Schedule to the aforesaid Act, to the
effect that Mr. A. Ajith Kumara Mannapperuma was declared elected as a Member of Parliament for the said electoral district;
Now therefore, we, the Election Commission, in the exercise of the powers vested in the Election Commission by
Section 64 (2) of the Parliamentary Elections Act, No. 1 of 1981, do hereby notify the general public that Mr. A. Ajith Kumara
Mannapperuma has been declared elected as a Member of the Ninth Parliament for the Electoral District No. 2 – Gampaha to
fill the vacancy caused by reason of ceasing to be a Member of Parliament of Mr. A. A. Ranjan Leo Sylvester Ramanayake.