Dissanayake decides to continue as Election Commissioner

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 03 February 2010, 13:28 GMT]
Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake who twice asked the government to release him from the job Wednesday announced that he would continue to hold the post and has decided to continue in service following appeals by the joint opposition and his staff. “I will continue in my position as Election Commissioner and conduct the forthcoming parliamentary general election,” he added. Immediately after the 2010 presidential election he announced his resignation from the post and thereafter he did not meet the media till Wednesday.

The Commissioner rejected allegations that presidential election was rigged. However he said he would order an investigation into the allegation by the main opposition United National Party (UNP) that about 64 ballot papers marked in favour of General Sarath Fonseka were found dumped in Anuradhapura.

He would take appropriate action if the allegation is found true.

He reiterated at the media briefing held Wednesday that the last week Presidential elections were free and fair and that he did not receive any serious complaints.

”There were lot of rumours that that I with my children were abducted and being held at gun point” he added.


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