SLPP PS member’s membership disqualified over offering ‘bribes’ during elections

A member elected to a Pradeshiya Sabhawa in the Monaragala area has been disqualified for being a member after it was proved that he had bribed voters to vote in favour of him at the elections.

The member D.M. Harshaka Priya Dissanayake was elected from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) for the Monaragala Pradeshiya Sabhawa at the 2018 elections.

In a landmark judgment, High Court Judge Ranga Dissanayake held that it was proved that various types of bribes had been offered to obtain votes to be elected from the Madurakeiya division.

The member was accused of paying for light and water connections, distribution of dry rations and also distributing liquor asking voters to vote for him at the elections.

The petition had been filed by United National Party candidate Wanasinghe Mudiyanselage Shantha who claimed that he was at a disadvantage due to bribes offered by the rival member.

The petitioner had obtained the relevant information to prove his case through Right to Information applications while several of those who were given bribes too were sited as witnesses.

The SLPP member has a six-week period to appeal in the case, failing which he will stand disqualified.

President’s Counsel Silva appeared for the SLPP member.

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