New Elections Commissioner appointed
[TamilNet, Friday, 25 March 2011, 11:30 GMT]
Mahinda Deshapriya has been appointed as Sri Lanka’s new Commissioner of Elections consequent to the retirement of the incumbent Dayananda Dissanayake from March 24 Thursday. Dehspriya is to assume duties on Friday, according to a media release by the Presidential Secretariat Thursday evening. Currently Deshapriya is the Deputy Commissioner of Elections.
Under the eighteenth amendment to the Constitution Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse has appointed the new Commissioner of Elections.
Mr. Dayananda Dissanayake had been accused of election malpractices in the 2010 January Presidential election and parliamentary general election in April the same year in support of the ruling party, United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by Mahinda Rajapakse.