Fonseka files election petition
Opposition Presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka yesterday filed an
Election Petition in the Supreme Court seeking a determination that he
be dully returned as the President of the country.
The petitioner among the other matters stated that election held on
January 26 was not free and fair and marred with corrupt practices,
general intimidation, thereby majority of the voters were prevented from
casting their votes in favour of the petitioner and that the final
result could have been affected.
The petitioner cited all Presidential candidates, the Elections
Commissioner, two attorneys Kalinga Indatissa and Razik Zarook, SLBC
Chairman Hudson Samarasinghe and Wimal Weerawansa as respondents.
The petitioner also stated that the State media in violation of the
election laws broadcast biased programs which adversely affected the
final result that prevented him from being elected. He complained that
two respondent attorneys and Presidential candidate Sarath Kongahage,
Hudson Samarasinghe and Wimal Weerawansa made false statements that the
petitioner was not qualified to be elected as the President. The
petitioner also sought a court declaration that the election of the
first respondent Mahinda Rajapaksa was void and his return was undue.
He also sought an order for scrutiny of all the ballots cast, by the
Elections Commissioner in the presence of all the respondent candidates
or their agents.