The JVP yesterday faulted the government for what it called a violation of both the election laws and the Constitution during the UPFA campaign for the Southern Provincial Council election. `Today, the country is being run according to President Mahinda Rajapaksa s own constitution,` the JVP said.
Addressing a Press Conference at the Party Head Office in Battaramulla, JVP Propaganda Secretary, Vijitha Herath MP said that the government had used prisoners, too, to erect UPFA cut-outs in the South while abusing all kinds of state property. Therefore, the forthcoming polls to the SPC would not be free and fair.
Herath said: `Last Monday(05) President Rajapaksa attended a UPFA rally in Matara. The government had brought people from all parts of the country in SLTB buses. We could see around 273 buses in Matara belonging to SLTB depots islandwide. The largest number had been taken from the Elpitiya depot. Government politicians used their official telephones, fax machines and photocopy machines for the UPFA election campaign.`
Showing a copy of a letter dated October 1, to journalists, Herath said that SLFP Organiser in the Kamburupitiya electorate, Chandima Rasaputhra had directed all Samurdhi officers to bring at least 100 Samurdhi beneficiaries from each division in the electorate to participate in President Rajapaksa s rally.
During the Uva Provincial Council polls, the Diyatalawa, Haputale and Badulla SLTB depots had been used as UPFA election offices. The JVP had reported the matter to the Elections Commissioner and the police had refused to act against the UPFA in spite of orders from the Polls Chief.
A similar situation prevailed in the Southern Province as well, he said.
JVP Parliamentarians Sunil Hadunneththi and Ramalingam Chandrasekar were present at the press conference.