Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya told media that SLPP candidate Premalal Jayasekara, who was convicted guilty beyond reasonable doubt by the Colombo High Court following a lengthy trial for committing murder by gunshot and causing mortal wounds on opposition supporters during the 2015 Presidential Election thereby being sentenced to death row, has no obstacle to contest the 2020 General Election.
SLPP Secretary, Attorney at Law Sagara Kariyawasam had said that Jayasekara's victory should be secured by casting the highest number of preferential votes, after which his arrival in Parliament will not be barred. It was only two days ago that Vasudewa Nanayakkara, a former leftist icon and now a powerful figure of the SLPP, said that his party was ready to give even a ministerial post to Jayasekara.
The chain of events suggests that the present regime is ready to bring a registered criminal, who is a convicted murderer designated by the High Court itself, to the Supreme Parliament, the law-making body of Sri Lanka, without second thought.
Democracy to be redefined at the edge of Hell's Gate
We are yet to know whether this man will be given the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Law and Order, the Ministry of Prisons and Rehabilitation, the Ministry of Defence, or the Ministry Buddhist Affairs, upon his arrival as an elected Member of Parliament.
Are we to assume whether he will be appointed as Speaker by handing him over a T-56 instead of the Mace?
During the October 2018 Coup the members of the present governing party assaulted the Speaker, other members and the Police at the Chambers with chili powder, we recall. The culprit behind this attack was former MP now SLPP contestant Prasanna Ranaweera. He later told media that he had launched the chili attack 'to protect democracy.' His supreme leader, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told media that Prasanna Ranaweera had launched a chili attack 'for the country.'
Are we to assume, whether they would come up with the same argument, that Premalal Jayasekara had committed murder in the name of Democracy? Being it said, are we to assume that Democracy is at the edge of Hell's Gate?
Today (05) is the General Election Day. It is your right to cast your vote. It is up to you to decide whether you cast yours for your country, your children, their future, or on behalf of a registered murderer living in the country and a group of criminal accomplices who publicly pledge allegiance for his release.