UPFA accuses some monitors of being biased in favour of opposition candidate

By Dasun Edirisinghe

The UPFA yesterday accused some election monitors of being biased toward opposition presidential candidate while unfairly criticising President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign of violating election laws.

Addressing a media conference at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party head office, SLFP General Secretary, Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said that some members of election monitoring outfits were not suitable for that task as they worked for political parties.

"We will inform Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya of their bias at the next party secretaries meeting," Minister Yapa said, adding that they also would take legal action against those who were slinging mud at the government without any proof.

Election monitors were getting funds from foreign countries and they wanted to create an issue here to impress those who funded them.

Minister Yapa said that cut-outs of President Mahinda Rajapaksa erected before handing over of nominations had now been removed and all provincial organisers had been instructed to abide by the elections laws.

The SLFP‚ÄąGeneral Secretary said that there were only legally constituted election offices countrywide to coordinate President Rajapaksa’s campaign.

"Some Election monitors feed false information to the Elections Commissioner that President Rajapaksa’s campaign violated election laws, but it is not true," Yapa said.

Uva Chief Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Ceylon Workers’ Congress Muttu Sivalingam and Uva Provincial Council member Janaka Tissakuttiarachchi attended the media conference

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