The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) and the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) today expressed concerns over anomalies with Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s affidavit submitted to the Election Commission and whether Rajapaksa continues to be a citizen of the USA.
CPA and the CMEV in a statement today said, they were deeply concerned with recent developments that may impact the Presidential Election due on 16th November.
“These stem from recent media reports that highlight to several anomalies with the affidavit submitted by Gotabaya Rajapaksa, candidate of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, on 7th October and a subsequent and different affidavit shown by his counsel, Ali Sabry PC.”
“Apart from the basic question as to why two distinct affidavits were produced in support of Rajapksa’s candidacy, a question is also raised as to whether Rajapaksa meets the criteria provided in the Constitution as per Articles 91 and 92 of the Constitution in terms of whether he continues to be a citizen of the United States of America.”
“The fact that two different certificates claiming loss of nationality were publicly shared contributed to the confusion and months of debate, with no credible answers provided by the candidate or his team to quell doubt.”
“In addition to the above, we are also alerted to a third affidavit shared by Sabry on his Facebook page which was attested by a Kularatne with no signature belonging to Rajapaksa.”