Dayananda Dishanayake retires establishing a record for handling the highest number of polls in the country’s elections history.
Mr. Dishanayake left the Elections Department bidding farewell to his staff. He handled elections for 16 years. He was deprived of retiring following the legal situation which surfaced as a result of the 17th Constitutional Amendment. As such he had to serve in his position for nine more years. Based on the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, Mr. Dishanayake received the opportunity of retiring from service with the appointment of Mahinda Deshapriya as the new Elections Chief by the President yesterday.