The All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) has warned of an attempt to “buy votes” for the 16 November Presidential election.
ACMC leader and Vanni District MP Rishad Bathiudeen said that they have been informed of moves to buy votes, particularly in the Mannar area in an attempt to defeat New Democratic Front Presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa.
The ACMC has pledged its support to Premadasa at the forthcoming Presidential election.
“The forthcoming Presidential Election is not a regular Presidential Election but one that will be very decisive for Sri Lanka’s future. The freedom or slavery of Sri Lankan minority communities will be decided based on the outcome of this election,” Bathiudeen said.
He said that Tamil speaking political parties and minority parties are united is their support to Premadas in order to safeguard the minorities against an oppressive tyranny that will enslave them.
“We have been informed that in the coming days organised vote buying will take place in the Mannar area to defeat Sajith Premadasa and us. Some wealthy persons in this area are preparing to hand out cash to buy votes in favour of the opposition candidate. Do not be deceived by a few extra rupees and do not sell your votes but cast your vote,” Bathiudeen said.
Vote buying is illegal and a fraudulent practice in Sri Lanka under section 66.(d) of the Presidential Elections Act No. 15 of 1981.