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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sri Lanka

Drastic drop in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s vote from 2015, says Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera

Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera issuing a press statement on the outcome of the Local Governement (LG) elections on February 12 said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who commanded 5.77 million votes (47.6%) at the 2015 Presidential polls was barely able to muster 4.95 million votes (44.7%) at the LG Elections, reports Daily Mirror. Taking note of the election results, Samaraweera however said; “Today, the people told us that we have not done enough. Despite the sincerest of efforts to inject haste and independence into a dilapidated justice system over the last three years and empower the police with the tools they need to successfully investigate complex crimes, murderers and fraudsters remain at large. Despite our government being the first in the nation’s history to insist that ministers must resign from the cabinet at the first sign of wrongdoing, and indeed the first to investigate allegations of corruption within its ranks with such vigour, justice is yet to be served.”

Meanwhile, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a news conference on February 12 said the results of the LG election has showed that the territory of Eelam has also been minimized, reports Daily Mirror. Rajapaksa pointed towards a map of Sri Lanka which depicted the election results of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and said the party has spread every nook and corner. “The colour of Kurahan (maroon) has spread across the country. Even the territory of Eelam has reduced. This is the power of the SLPP,” he said.