Aluwihare files writ petition seeking preferential votes re-count | Daily News


Aluwihare files writ petition seeking preferential votes re-count

Former Deputy Minister Ranjith Aluvihare has filed a writ petition in the Court of Appeal seeking an order to re-count the preferential votes secured by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) candidates who contested the last General Election from the Matale district.

When the petition came up before the Court of Appeal Justice A.H.M.D. Nawaz and Justice Sobhitha Rajakaruna, notices were issued on respondents, returnable for November 5.

According to the General Election results held on August 5, 2020, the SJB secured one Parliamentary seat. Rohini Kumari Kaviratne was elected since she secured the highest preferential votes from the SJB.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena appearing for Aluvihare submitted to court that several irregularities had occurred when counting preferential votes at the Laggala and Dambulla Counting Centres. He alleged that counting agents of the SJB had been sent out from the counting centers which affected his client.

The petitioner stated that the Matale District Returning Officer, Assistant Commissioner of Elections (Matale District), Election Commission Chairman and its members, Rohini Kumarai Kaviratne, Wasantha Aluvihare, U.R. Dayanandasiri, Maithree Dowson, Suppaiah Yogaraja, Ibrahim Mohammed, Tissa Bandara Herath and SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara as respondents.