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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

Piyasena Gamage Replaces Galle District Parliamentarian Geetha Kumarasinghe

Colombo, 10 May, (Asiantribune.com):

Galle District Parliamentarian Geetha Kumarasinghe will be replaced by former Minister Piyasena Gamage, who is next in line, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

He said the UPFA has already sent the name of Piyasena Gamage to Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to fill the vacancy of MP Geetha Kumarasinghe. Amaraweera added that Piyasena Gamage is a senior member of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

Upon receipt of this letter, the Elections Commission has to publish in the Gazette the name of the UPFA member who has received the next highest votes in the Galle district after Kumarasinghe. Former Minister Piyasena Gamage is the UPFA Galle district candidate next in line.

However, actress turned politician Geetha Kumarasinghe filed an appeal with the Supreme Court yesterday over the Appeal Court decision disqualifying her from holding the Parliamentary seat on the grounds that she was holding dual citizenship.

Elections Commission senior officer M. M. Mohemed told that the Commission could go ahead unless there is a restraining order by the Supreme Court preventing the Commission from issuing the Gazette until the appeal is heard.

The Elections Commission headed by Deshapriya and comprising members Nalin Abeysekara and Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole would meet shortly and decide on the future course of action. Deshapriya said the Commission hopes to make a collective decision in this regard.

- Asian Tribune -

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