UNP agents engaged in preferential vote count – Madduma Bandara
Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara, issuing a Media release yesterday (6), charged that a group of persons from a legal unit attached to the United National Party (UNP) had been engaged in counting the preferential votes of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe.
He alleged that measures had been covertly undertaken by the UNP, flouting provisions contained in Articles of the Constitution and the Election Laws.
He said, as per the said Laws, a political party could lay claim to a seat in Parliament only if it gains more than five per cent of the votes cast in a particular District. Madduma Bandara charged, as the UNP had failed to garner the necessary percentage of the vote in the Colombo District, an unconstitutional act had been initiated by those in Wickremesinghe’s camp.
He added, when inquired from the District Agent of Colombo, the latter had stated that the preferential vote was still being counted but that the final decision on it would be taken only by the Election Commission (EC).
He has warned, after lodging an official complaint with the EC in this regard, the SJB would institute legal action over the alleged move by the UNP.