Voters elected two men involved in murders as representatives in Sri Lankan Parliament.

Voters elected two men involved in murders as representatives in Sri Lankan Parliament.

Sri Lankan voters have chosen two men, one accused of murder and another convicted of killing and sentenced to death as representatives in Parliament.

The first person in Premalal Jayasekara. Ratnapura High Court has imposed death sentences on former MP Premalal Jayasekera for killing a person in 2015 presidential election and the other is Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan who is in remand custody on a murder charge.

Jayasekara came second with 142,037 preferential votes in the Ratnapura District according to the Elections Commission.He was sentenced to death last Friday for the murder of United National Party supporter Shantha Dodangoda during the 2015 Presidential Campaign.

The Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said that Jayasekara’s “nomination was valid” as he had not been sentenced at the time he was nominated.

Chandrakanthan, who is known as“Pillayan” is the former Chief Minister of the Eastern Province and is currently in remand custody for the murder of former Member of Parliament Joseph Pararajasingham during Christmas Mass in a Batticaloa church in December 2005.The Batticaloa Court permitted Chandrakanthan to submit his nomination papers in jail.He was elected with 54,198 preferential votes as the only Member from his party the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Puligal (Tamil People’s Liberation Tigers)

He will also be the second LTTE fighter to sit as a Member in the Sri Lankan Parliament and the first to be directly elected. Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan, or “Karuna Amman” was the first but he was appointed on the national list.

TK

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