The JVP today (10) said the party was committedd to safeguarding the parliamentary seat of former Army Commander and DNA Leader Sarath Fonseka.
JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva told a press conference today that the party and the DNA did not accept that Fonseka has lost his seat due to the imprisonment and that Fonseka’s lawyers would file two petitions on the matter to courts tomorrow (11) – a writ application before the Appeal Court and a fundamental rights petition before the Supreme Court.
Silva also slammed the media for misrepresenting certain facts and trying to indicate that the JVP was trying to secure Fonseka’s seat and appoint one of its members to parliament.
Silva said, “Once a member loses his/her seat in Parliament, the Secretary General of Parliament informs the Elections Commissioner about the vacancy. The Elections Commissioner in turn names the next in line on the list of preference votes in the particular district and informs the party General Secretary. That person is then nominated to fill the vacancy. In this issue, the Elections Commissioner informed the DNA, Lakshman Nipunarachchi was the next in line. The JVP never nominated him to replace Fonseka.”
Silva also said that the Fonseka family will not kneel down in front of the current regime and ask for a pardon for Fonseka.