Sobhitha Thera Meets Elections Chief Over Rajapaksa’s “Sil Redi” Issue

Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera has met the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to voice his protest over the distribution of Sil Cloth by UPFA Kurunegala district candidate and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at several temples in Kurunegala on Saturday.

While pointing out that there have been several other polls law violations on the eve of the parliamentary elections the Thera has urged Deshapriya to take immediate action to prevent such occurrences.

According to a close aide, Sobhitha Thera, who heads the National Movement for Social Justice had told the Deshapriya that so far the 2015 parliamentary polls has been one of the most peaceful and wellbehaved ones and had urged the Commissioner to take action to prevent any untoward happenings in the eleventh hour.

An election monitoring organization, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has lodged a complaint against UPFA Kurunegala District candidate and former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa accusing him of distributing white Sil cloth at several temples in Kurunegala on Saturday and thus violating election laws.

Sobhitha Thera played a prominent role in introducing Maithripala Sirisena as the Common candidate to oppose Rajapaksa at the 2015 Presidential elections.

In the general elections his movement with other civil society organizations organized islandwide meetings to educate the voters on the importance of electing candidates with a clean slate. In a belated move former President Chandrika Kumaratunga too joined the above campaign organized by several civil society organisations.

The 2015 parliamentary polls will be held on Monday.

https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sobhitha-thera-meets-elections-chief-over-rajapaksas-sil-redi-issue/

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