Monitors concerned over Gotabaya’s affidavit

The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) are deeply concerned with recent developments that may impact the Presidential Election due on 16th November.

These stem from recent media reports that highlight to several anomalies with the affidavit submitted by Gotabaya Rajapaksa, candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, on 7th October and a subsequent and different affidavit shown by his counsel, Ali Sabry PC.

Apart from the basic question as to why two distinct affidavits were produced in support of Rajapksa’s candidacy, a question is also raised as to whether Rajapaksa meets the criteria provided in the Constitution as per Articles 91 and 92 of the Constitution in terms of whether he continues to be a citizen of the United States of America.

The fact that two different certificates claiming loss of nationality were publicly shared contributed to the confusion and months of debate, with no credible answers provided by the candidate or his team to quell doubt, CPA and CMEV said.

In addition they have also been alerted to a third affidavit shared by Sabry on his Facebook page which was attested by a Kularatne with no signature belonging to Rajapaksa.

“Whilst we are not able to comment on the authenticity of these documents, we note that all affidavits were produced by the candidate’s legal team and urges the authorities to immediately investigate the legality of these affidavits and take necessary action. This is essential in the presence of multiple documents that may mislead the voter and rob them of an informed choice. Such conduct also begs the question whether an attempt is being made to subvert the electoral process and the rule of law in Sri Lanka,” CPA and CMEV said.

In a matter of days Sri Lanka will elect a new President and it is imperative that no doubt remains as to the eligibility of the person elected to the office of first citizen in Sri Lanka. It is also paramount that the Election Commission and other officials are independent and impartial and take all necessary steps to protect the integrity of elections, CPA and CMEV said.

Finally, CPA and CMEV said called for legislative reforms that provide the relevant authorities the power to verify documentation submitted by candidates and to take necessary action to prevent confusion and chaos in the future.

5 COMMENTS

  1. There is so much talk but no one has given a good explanation to the validity of documents pertaining to his cancelation.
    Can some one who has authority explain this to the voter

  2. If geetha kumarasighe former parlimantarian was expel from the parliment by court, same shall be apply to gotabhaya rajapakese too. That provides a proper precedence over this matter.i am sure somebody can bring forward this matter.

  3. Gota was born in Sri Lanka, if the people vote for him to be the President so be it. Do not speculate and confuse people. If you have guts, convince the people with your ideas to win the election. Don’t try to win votes on propaganda.

  4. Interview conducted by Ada Derana News Media Channe, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jbPy2kCi58l, with the US embassy official, is confirming the procedure of the federal system for issuing a ‘Certificate Renunciation of Citizenship’ which is still ‘work in progress’. As she pointed out, until the IRS and other departments including ‘Homeland Security’ clears his file he is classed as a US citizen under oath. The US government can refuse to allow his request for more than any one reason, for example
    [:C. REQUIREMENT – RENOUNCE ALL RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES
    A person seeking to renounce U.S. citizenship must renounce all the rights and privileges associated with such citizenship. In the case of Colon v. U.S. Department of State, 2 F.Supp.2d 43 (1998), the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected Colon’s petition for a writ of mandamus directing the Secretary of State to approve a Certificate of Loss of Nationality in the case because, despite his oath of renunciation, he wanted to retain the right to live in the United States while claiming he was not a U.S. citizen.:]
    Therefore, Gotabaya has not been released from being a US citizen which disqualifies him from contesting for now. Also, should be charged for producing false documentation, forgery and misleading the public.

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