he JVP propaganda secretary Anura Kumara Dissanayake charged that the government collects application forms promising employment and other favours before elections and later they are found in garbage dumps.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday MP Dissanayake showed a large number of letters given to the Chief Minister Uva Province Shasheendra Rajapaksa, by the public during the Uva Provincial Council elections. We found those letters in Valugolla area in Buttala Divisional Secretariat Division closer to Palawatta where the Chief Minister lived during the election period. Among them were job application forms, various suggestions to develop Uva, letters requesting various assistance such as shelter to a home, artificial leg to a disabled army captain, renovation of a well to get drinking water etc.
They are not only throwing the letters of ordinary people, they throw the requests made by SLFP party members he further said and showed a letter found in the same dump which was sent by Shantha Bandara, Secretary Sevanagala North SLFP branch organization requesting welfare facilities.
MP Dissanayake said: Same thing is repeating in the Southern Provincial Council elections and government is cheating the public with various promises. There are 30,000 unemployed graduates and they are on protest but the government promise jobs for people who passed GCE A/L and GCE O/L as well .
He said jobs had been promised in the Hambantota Port which is going to be completed by 2040. Youth who give their application forms today will be entitled only to a pension after 31 years. Though they plan to complete the initial stage of the port construction in 2011, according to the letter we received by the Ports Authority there will be only a few jobs in the office, he said.
Government also promised to give jobs in Weerawila Air Port where the foundation stone was laid spending Rs. 10 million and after the protest staged by the farmers, Minister Chamal Rajapaksa promised to close down the constructions .
UPFA abusing state resources for election propaganda
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake in a letter to Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake charged that the UPFA was abusing state resources for election propaganda work and urged the Elections Commissioner to summon a meeting of Party General Secretaries to discuss these matters.
We regret that a discussion has not yet been granted for party General Secretaries on the Southern Provincial Council election. We would like to report to you that large scale violation of election laws are taking place in the Southern Provincial Council election campaign. We bring to your notice that the United People s Freedom Alliance is using state buildings, vehicles and resources for its propaganda work.
The state media is being used for this purpose in an open manner by even telecasting movies in a way that would be advantageous for advertising UPFA candidates. At the same time the President has taken the election campaign to his hands and is hosting parties for government servants at the Temple Trees requesting them to vote for the UPFA. Under section 104 of the 17 Amendment it is illegal to use any form of state resources for elections campaigning.
Even though I have written two previous letters to you regarding the abuse of state resources for the Southern Provincial Council election, I have not yet received a response, the letter said.