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Former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando and IGP Pujith Jayasundara chatting outside the Colombo Chief Magistrate court, where a case against them in connection with the Easter Sunday terrorist attack, was taken up for hearing yesterday.

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EC denies receiving US

funds, admits ongoing

USAID project

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Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya, yesterday, acknowledged that a new law as regards campaign financing was required to prevent political parties/candidates receiving undisclosed funding from both foreign and local sources.

Deshapriya asserted that the EC couldn’t do anything about such funding and it was the responsibility of Parliament to bring in laws to stop the practice.Deshapriya said so when The Island sought an explanation as to how the EC intended to prevent foreign powers influencing the forthcoming presidential election against the backdrop of the US State Department revealing its role in 2015 change of government.



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