Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner's choice to fill the vacancy left by Fonseka rejects offer

Democratic National Alliance (DNA) member Lakshman Nipunarachchi who was selected by Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner to fill the vacancy left behind by the imprisonment of former Army Commander and DNA Leader Sarath Fonseka, has rejected the offer.

Local media reported that Nipunarachchi, a former Colombo District JVP parliamentarian, has rejected his nomination saying that he cannot accept the offer while his party is seeking legal redress to reinstate Fonseka as a MP.

The Election Commissioner's office has sent Nipunarachchi's name Friday to be gazetted as the replacement for Fonseka in the parliament.

Nipunarachchi has said that the notification on the Fonseka's ineligibility for the seat and the gazette notification nominating him for the post were government manipulations. "We will not be party to it," he has told the media.

The DNA said Friday that the party was committed to continue with the legal battle to secure Fonseka's parliamentary seat.

A DNA MP told ColomboPage that the party hoped for some legal redress before the next parliamentary sessions on October 19.

From the Colombo District Sarath Fonseka and Sunil Handunnetti were elected to parliament and according to preferential votes Nipunarachchi is next in line from the DNA.

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