Elections Secretariat of Sri Lanka

Election Laws effective from today

The Elections Secretariat has decided to apply the election laws from today. The relevant regulations have been informed to the political parties and independent groups.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

Democracy was upheld during CBK’s term – President

President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday that the Bandaranaike family did everything for the country without corruption and fraud.

Mahinda Rajapaksa

They want to bury us for saving the country – MR

Addressing a gathering of people at Moragahamula Dhammapala Buddhist Centre in Kandy recently, the former President said Prime Minister Wickremesinghe went about saying that the Rajapaksas should be buried.

President Maithripala Sirisena at the ceremony

President to stay neutral at polls

President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to allow his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest the August 17 parliamentary elections on the United People’s Freedom Alliance ticket has caused ripples within his own ‘rainbow’ coalition.

JVP MP Sunil Handunneththi

Maithri and Mahinda have betrayed their voters: JVP

JVP central committee member Sunil Handunnetti said they were not surprised by the decision taken to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Vs President Maithripala Sirisena

Mahinda to contest on UPFA ticket

The UPFA yesterday announced that it had decided to field former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the forthcoming general election.

DEW Gunasekara

COPE report on bond scam: DEW to go public today

The on-going controversy over the investigation carried out by a special 13-member committee into alleged Central Bank bond scam has taken a new turn with former Chairman of the parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) Dew Gunasekera deciding to go public today.

Ranil Wickremasinghe

PM to pay for bullet proof vehicle

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had asked the Election Commissioner to inform him of the government’s expense for the bullet proof vehicle used by him until the election is held.

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena

Maithri rejects MR

President Maithripala Sirisena has apparently rejected to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, sources said.

Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal

Saudi prince to donate $32bn fortune to charity

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his entire $32bn fortune to charity.

India China map

Indian Ocean cannot be backyard of India – China

China recognises India’s special role in stabilising the strategic Indian Ocean region but the perception that it is India’s “backyard” may result in clashes, Chinese military officials and experts have cautioned.

Ravi Karunanayake

‘Govt has not halted development projects’

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said recently that the new government under President Maithripala Sirisena has neither halted nor terminated any development projects.

Chandrika Kumaratunga

I am not coming – Chandrika

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga yesterday denied reports that she too would contest the election if former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was to do so.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa to stand for Prime Minister in Aug. 17 polls

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa said he would run for prime minister during next month’s parliamentary elections, a move that is likely to infuriate rights groups as he is accused of war crimes in a civil war.

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda has not been named as PM candidate

There are no arrangements in place to name a Prime Ministerial candidate from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) thus far, the President’s Media Unit said on Tuesday.

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Vs President Maithripala Sirisena

UPFA agrees to nominate MR

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has finally agreed to nominate former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as a candidate at the August 17 general election under the betel symbol, a party leader said.