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UPFA using prisoners to build election stages - CaFFE
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 - 4:17 AM SL Time

A Sri Lankan election watchdog today accused the United People s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) of using prisons inmates to build stages, carry out decorations and engage in other election campaign activities.

The Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) claims that the ruling party has provided the inmates with blue clothing similar to prison uniform and is using them to carry out various construction work.

CaFFE states that the individuals in the pictures (above) are inmates of the Galle Prison and that 44 of them were used to construct the UPFA election stage in Kumburupitiya, Matara on Sunday (December 14).
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UPFA showpieces Tissa Maithri offers Rs. 10,000 pay hike and petrol at Rs. 50
Sunday, 14 December 2014 - 10:54 AM SL Time

The star of the week , the United National Party s former General Secretary Tissa Attanayake was on board the SriLankan Airlines airbus A 330 with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, wife Shiranthi and son Yoshita when it rolled out from the runway of the Bandaranaike International Airport last Tuesday afternoon.
For Attanayake, who had been an Opposition politician until much less than 24 hours earlier, it was a signal honour. There are more than a 100 ministers and deputies in the Rajapaksa Cabinet and even MPs who are yet to be included in his official entourages for travel abroad. By simply switching loyalty, he propelled himself to the top rungs of the UPFA and found a place in the presidential entourage and the cabinet of ministers later.
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Cricketers forced to appear in election ad Ranatunga
Friday, 12 December 2014 - 6:46 PM SL Time

Several players in the Sri Lankan national cricket team have been forced to appear in an election advertisement of a presidential candidate, former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga charged today.

Speaking during a rally in Wattala he said some cricketers have informed him about this forceful act.
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A cup of coffee will win over Ranil: MR
Friday, 12 December 2014 - 11:03 AM SL Time

Addressing his maiden propaganda rally in Anuradhapura, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today that he needed only a cup of coffee to lure Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to the UPFA.



He said, It is not a big problem when one leaves the party to welcome another, Tissa Attanayake joined our party soon after having a cup of coffee with me. If they take someone from us we will retaliate by taking someone from them. We took the secretary and we can also take Ranil. Only one cup of coffee would be necessary for that. They attempted to give dollars and take our members. We won t spend money in that manner
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Hirunika s crossover: MR moves to stabilise WPC
Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 7:15 PM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa intervened yesterday to thwart an Opposition attempt to engineer further crossovers in the wake of Western Provincial Council (WPC) member, Hirunika Premachandra switching her allegiance to Opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena.

Premachandra announced her move soon after President Rajapaksa and his chief rival Sirisena handed over their nominations for Jan. 8, 2015 election on Monday (Dec 8).

Hirunika, the daughter of slain former People s Alliance MP, Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, polled the highest number of preferential votes (139,034) at the last Western Provincial Council polls. JHU s Udaya Gammanpila polled 115,638 preferential votes to secure second position.
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Sri Lanka Marxist party JVP starts their own campaign for 2015 Presidential Election
Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 11:11 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today started their own campaign for 2015 Presidential Election to bring change to the country. The campaign under the main theme `Prepare and line up for Democracy in Sri Lanka` started from Colombo Fort Railway Station with distributing leaflets to public today. The party will continue the campaign across the island.
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No Maithri over the Tamil issue
Thursday, 11 December 2014 - 12:00 AM SL Time

Common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena says his election manifesto will not include proposals for a political solution for the Tamils.

Speaking to media heads today, Sirisena said that his main focus is the 100 day plan which will look at abolishing the Executive Presidency and making urgent constitutional changes.

Responding to a question posed to him, he said that once his 100 day plan is implemented a Parliament election will be held and the new government will then need to look at the Tamil issue.
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Lankan President worships at Lord Venkateswara temple
Wednesday, 10 December 2014 - 1:22 PM SL Time

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa offered worship at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara in the wee hours near here. Rajapaksa was in the temple for about an hour, participating in the `Suprabhatam` stanza recitation ritual conducted by a group of priests inside the ancient temple, temple sources said.

Police had made tight security arrangements for the visit.

A day after filing his nomination papers seeking third term for the presidential elections in Sri Lanka next month, Rajapaksa arrived here last evening to offer worship to Lord Venkateswara.
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Update: Candidates hand over nominations for presidential polls in Sri Lanka
Tuesday, 9 December 2014 - 12:30 PM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his challenger common opposition candidate, former health minister of government Maithripala Sirisena officially entered into the ring today to contest for the country`s top post.

President Rajapaksa, MP Sirisena and 17 others including two independent candidates handed in their nominations for the 2015 presidential elections to the Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya this morning at the election Secretariat in Rajagiriya.
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Tissa has joined the Govt
Monday, 8 December 2014 - 7:03 PM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said a short while ago that UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake had joined the government.

This Mahinda Rajapaksa can get another party s General Secretary when our General Secretary leaves. Do not underestimate us, he said.

Addressing a gathering soon after handing over nominations for the presidential election at Rajagiriya, he said his party doors were still open and people had begun to enter through them.
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Mahinda - Maithri face to face at RAJAGIRIYA today
Monday, 8 December 2014 - 12:08 PM SL Time

Having parted after a hopper meal at the Temple Trees, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his former Health Minister SLFP General Secretary, Maithripala Sirisena will meet for the first time face to face today when the duo visit the Elections Secretariat to hand in nominations for the upcoming presidential poll due on January 08.

Having parted after a hopper meal at the Temple Trees, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his former Health Minister SLFP General Secretary, Maithripala Sirisena will meet for the first time face to face today when the duo visit the Elections Secretariat to hand in nominations for the upcoming presidential poll due on January 08.
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19 presidential hopefuls to contest for top post in Sri Lanka
Monday, 8 December 2014 - 2:49 AM SL Time

Colombo- Sri Lanka`s Department of Election said today that 19 candidates expressing their interest to contest for the presidency at the 2015 Presidential elections, submitted the required deposits before the deadline. The deadline to submit deposits ended noon today and the nominations for the presidential elections will be accepted tomorrow. In addition to the two main candidates - the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his challenger, common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena, two independent candidates are also among the 19 presidential hopefuls.
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US denies Sri Lankan minister`s allegation of ambassador offering bribe
Sunday, 7 December 2014 - 3:41 PM SL Time

The United States has denied a claim made by a Sri Lankan government minister that he was offered a bribe by the former US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele J. Sison to pursue a hidden US political agenda in Sri Lanka.

Rehabilitation Minister Gunaratne Weerakoon had told a political gathering that US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele J Sison had offered him inducements to pursue a covert US political agenda in Sri Lanka.
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Govt Decides To Boycott Political Programmes On Sirasa, Derana and TNL.
Friday, 5 December 2014 - 7:13 PM SL Time

The government has decided to boycott political talk shows on three television channels, namely Sirasa, TNL and Derana.

The government has decided to resort to this `unofficial` boycott on the grounds that the three TV channels are tilting the playing field against representatives of the ruling party.

However, the government will continue to take part in political programmes conducted by Hiru TV and Swarnawahini.

Confirming this, Minister of Media and Information Keheliya Rambukwella said that the government and members of the ruling party will not hereafter participate in any biased and disgraceful television programmes.
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MR says he will remain President
Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 10:52 AM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he will still be President after the January 8 Presidential elections and will carry out his responsibilities to the country.

President Rajapaksa also said he does not need to sign multiple Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) with his Government members like the opposition before the Presidential election.

Speaking in Embilipitiya today, the President noted that the opposition candidate had signed separate agreements with the political parties backing him at the election.
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Colombo Mayor still silent on over 1,800 election cutouts
Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 3:22 AM SL Time

Election monitors are dismayed by the attitude of senior government servants and politicians who do not respond to letters sent by the Commissioner of Elections.
Campaign for Free and fair Elections (CaFFE) said the Mayor of Colombo, UGC Chairman Kshanika Hirimburegama and Vice Chancellor of the North-western University Prof. S.J.B.A. Jayasekara have not responded to letters sent by the Elections Chief requesting explanations for alleged election law violations. Full Story     Post Reply To This     Read Replies ( 67 )


Maithripala will not step into President s House after victory
Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 7:19 AM SL Time

The Joint Opposition s Presidential candidate Maithripala Srisena said yesterday that he would win the January 8th Presidential Election but would not step into the President s House since he was committed to abolishing the Executive Presidency within 100 days.

Addressing a campaign meeting at Hyde Park in Colombo, Srisena, who recently resigned as SLFP General Secretary and Health Minister, said that he was on a mission to rescue the country from the abyss it had fallen into in the post conflict era with chaos and unprecedented lawlessness and corruption griping the country.
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An unstable country cannot march towards development - Sri Lankan President
Tuesday, 2 December 2014 - 11:54 AM SL Time

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that a country with a destabilized government cannot march towards development and Western nations want to prevent Sri Lanka from that development by bringing in political leaders without any capability to power. `Everyone should unite without being duped by false propaganda to build the mothers_day.jsp' class=black>motherland safeguarding the Government`s stability,` the President said today addressing a function held at the Temple Trees to felicitate longtime members of the Mediation Boards. The President presented commendation certificates to veteran members who discharged an outstanding social service for a very long period representing the Mediation Boards.
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Sri Lanka`s common opposition candidate for president launches election campaign
Monday, 1 December 2014 - 4:25 AM SL Time

Sri Lanka`s common opposition candidate for president Maithripala Sirisena together with the main opposition United National Party (UNP) Sunday launched his election campaign for the presidency from his electorate, Polonnaruwa. The former Health Minister of Sri Lanka`s United People`s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government resigned from his ministerial post to announce his candidacy as the common opposition candidate to challenge the incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the upcoming presidential elections in January. Several minor opposition parties as well as the main opposition UNP have pledged to support Sirisena.
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I only brought in Gotabaya says MR
Sunday, 30 November 2014 - 12:46 AM SL Time

President Mahinda Rajapaksa says it was the people and the Bandaranaike s who brought Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to politics while he only introduced Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in order to end the war.

Speaking at a meeting with the fiscal officer s union today, the President recalled that Minister Basil Rajapaksa first received nominations in 1977.

He said that the Minister was eventually included in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) working committee by former Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga.
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