Mervyn Silva accuses Rajapaksa of obstructing Northern voters

Mervyn Silva accuses Rajapaksa of obstructing Northern voters

Mervyn Silva accuses Rajapaksa of obstructing Northern voters

Written by Staff Writer

09 Jun, 2020 | 10:24 pm

COLOMBO (News1st): Former minister Mervyn Silva has accused former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s campaign team of obstructing voters in the North from voting during the 2005 presidential poll.

“They formed a team internally to discuss how they could prevent the people in the North from voting,” Silva said on Tuesday, claiming that a lawyer and the owner of a newspaper were in the team.

He alleged that this team had been involved in discussions and had been bribed during the run-up to the election.

Former President Rajapaksa, who is now Prime Minister, was first elected to office in 2005 and was re-elected in 2010, before being unseated in 2015, ending a decade long rule.

Silva claimed that he had remained silent during the campaign as he had been backing Rajapaksa at the election.

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