The Sunday Leader

No Reports On Underworld Threats

Despite claims by some local election monitors that underworld members were involved in election related work, the Elections Department said that it has not received complaints regarding any such involvement of underworld gangs.

Speaking to The Sunday Leader, Deputy Elections Commissioner, R. M. A. L. Rathnayake said that they have not received any complaints on underworld gangs operating in election work.

“There is no such report or complaints lodged with us about the involvement of the underworld in election work. We are carrying out election work as usual,” he added.

When questioned as to whether any special measures have been taken or special instructions given to the police ahead of the election, he said there has not been any necessity for special instructions and they are carrying out election work as usual.

Recently, the Campaign for a Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) stated that they have received information related to underworld members involved in election campaign work in four districts – Colombo, Gampaha, Hambantota and Kandy.

A candidate of the parliamentary election had filed a complaint with the European Union (EU) election observers over fears that underworld members will be used by certain parties during the polls. (WK)

1 Comment for “No Reports On Underworld Threats”

  1. In Sri Lanka the underworld was protected and nurtured by the UNP. These underworld comes from Slums and crowded housing areas. There were bigwigs in the underworld like Aloysius Mudalali,Premadasa patron, Gonawela Sunil , Ranil Wickramasignha patron, Grandpass Sunny, Vijey Kumaratunga and Chnadrika Bnadaraniake patrons, among many in the South and Central provinces. People do not complain as the are petrified of these thugs and the election commission is stating that there are no complaints which does not mean that there is no thuggery, intimidation at elections always which hadalways been. These people also in impersonations by ‘hora votes’ and no one challenges. For example I was living in the USA and Japan form 1993 and I was never facilitated by the embassies to postal vote but I was informed that my vote was placed by thugs for the UNP in Torrington Avenue who knew that I was away!
    Sri Lanka elections had never been fair.

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