SF calls Polls Chief puppet made of hay

Willing to forge common front for presidential polls


By Dasun Edirisinghe

The Democratic Party (DP) said yesterday it was satisfied with its performance at Saturday’s Provincial Council polls as a one–year–old party.

Addressing a media conference at the Party Head office in Kotte, DP leader Gen. Sarath Fonseka said that his candidates had not been allowed to campaign freely in the Hambantota District, the home base of President Rajapaksa, but they had managed to secure nearly 10,000 votes.

"The government did not allow us to hold any rally in the Hambantota District, while we were harassed in other districts, too," he said.

Gen. Fonseka accused the Elections Commissioner of being a puppet made of hay who was silent on their complaints of being harassed by the ruling UPFA. "Whenever election malpractices by the government brought to his notice, he just laughed them off. He did not enforce even the available laws," the former army chief said.

Gen. Fonseka said his party was not in a hurry to come to power and was prepared for a long journey in politics.

The DP had fielded new candidates, Gen. Fonseka said, adding that the government had not been able to stop the people from voting for his party.

The DP leader congratulated the UNP and the JVP on having performed better than last time.

Fonseka said that the DP would fight together with Opposition parties at the Provincial Council to defeat the dictatorship and corruption of Rajapaksa government but would contest separately.

"We are ready to forge o an alliance to contest next Presidential Election, but it would only be after reaching consensus on a common candidate," he added.

The DP Deputy Leader, Colombo District MP Jayantha Ketagoda said that though the incidents had not been reported on the election day, the entire election process was corrupt.

He said that nearly 50% of the people had not exercised their franchise and the government’s vote bank had shrunk drastically.

DP General Secretary Ananda Manawadu, Deputy General Secretary Anoma Fonseka and National Organiser Capt. Gayan Vithana also attended the media conference.

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