Fonseka files election petition challenging Rajapakse’s second term
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 16 February 2010, 13:05 GMT]
General (retd) Sarath Fonseka filed a petition Tuesday morning in the Supreme Court
challenging the election of incumbent President Mahinda Rajapakse
for a second term in the presidential election held on January 26 this
year. General Sarath Fonseka in his petition cited several malpractices
including the misuse of State media, electronic and print, misuse of
the State machinery and other election malpractices at polling booths and
counting centres, legal sources said.
The petitioner Fonseka has cited twenty persons as respondents
including President Mahinda Rajapakse, Election
Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake.
Fonseka has sought the court to declare the election of Mahinda
Rajapakse for a second term null and void.
Sarath Fonseka contested the last presidential election and lost to
He was arrested by the Military Police for an alleged
plot to overthrow the Rajapakse government and is currently being
detained in the office of the Sri Lanka Navy.
Hence he filed
the election petition through the law firm Asoka Samararatne
Associates, legal sources said.