The Sunday Leader

Controversy As Fonseka Votes

By Waruni Karunarathne

Controversy surrounded former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka managing to cast his vote at the provincial council elections yesterday.

In 2010, Fonseka lost his civic rights, including the right to vote, after a military court found him guilty over allegations raised against him, and, in 2011, the Supreme Court upheld the decision.

The Department of Elections said that Fonseka had managed to get himself registered for this year’s elections and had cast his vote.

Democratic Front MP Kayantha Ketagoda told The Sunday Leader that Fonseka had cast his vote yesterday without any disruptions.

“Sarath Fonseka received his polling card about a week back. Anybody who receives a polling card has the right to vote,” he said.

Ketagoda added that there was confusion on how the judgment was given on Fonseka’s civic rights and nobody at the polling centre seemed to be aware of anything.

He added that, since Sarath Fonseka was allowed to cast his vote, they now assume that he has all civic rights.

5 Comments for “Controversy As Fonseka Votes”

  1. D.E.M. OCRACY


  2. gamarala

    I could not vote, along with two of my friends in two past parliamentary elections, long ago, though I functioned as SPO in two elections,and as ARO in one.
    I detected my name’s omission early and informed the elections department early, but nothing happened.
    In other countries, the officers concerned are relieved of their duties.
    This should happen in this case, where a man deprived of civic rights by courts of law, has been allowed to vote.

  3. K. Ranaweera

    Mr. Fonseka was arraigned by a kangaroo court who were at much lower ranks whwn compared to a General rank.

  4. Tony of Sydney

    Well done Mr Fonseka,
    Go for it now and show the present Party that you can do much more than they can. One bit of advice, please dont forget the poor people when you become a important person in Sri Lanka.
    Suggest, now that you have all civic rights go for it.

  5. Shaik Anwar Ahamath

    It is inconceivable that a man forever decrying there is no democracy here will go out of his way to exercise his duty to vote in the allegedly unfair state and no doubt welcomed his free access to it.

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