PAFFREL asks Speaker to obtain affidavits from MPs that they do not hold dual citizenships


By Saman Indrajith

The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections has called on Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to obtain affidavits from each MP that he or she does not hold dual citizenships.

The PAFFREL made this request from Speaker Karu Jayasuriya close on the heels of a Supreme Court judgment, disqualifying Geetha Kumarasinghe from being an MP on the grounds that she was a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and Switzerland at the time she submitted nominations to contest the last parliamentary polls.  

In a letter to the Speaker last week, PAFFREL Head Rohana Hettiarachchi has pointed out that if any MP concealed his or her dual citizenship he or she was misleading the public. 

Hettiarachchi previously made a right to information request from the Emigration and Immigration Department querying the citizenship status of MPs. The department replied that only former MP Kumarasinghe held a dual citizenship as per the records available with it. 

Hettiarachchi has told the Speaker: "We cannot be satisfied with this reply. The lawmakers should not break the country’s law by concealing their citizenship status. In order to clear any doubts and to protect the dignity of honourable MPs, we request you to obtain an affidavit from each and every MP stating that they do not hold dual citizenship," Hettiarachchi." 

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