JVP Propaganda Secretary Vijitha Herath told The Island that this time around people rushed to polling stations in the morning to cast their vote against incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa and select the country’s seventh president.
The UPFA had misused all pubic resources including government servants, property and public funds for President Rajapaksa’s re-election campaign until the last minute of January 08, MP Hearth said, noting that the government had even distributed goods including ‘Sil’ cloth among voters on Poya Day in violation of election laws just three days before the poll.
He said that finally the government had allowed people to use the Colombo-Matara and Colombo-Katunayake Expressways free of charge on the election day. “It was a huge bribe!”
The Gampaha District MP said that voter turnout had exceeded 80% in some districts as the people were keen to defeat the corrupt Rajapaksa regime.
First time voters had turned against Rajapaksa and people could enjoy their effort to end the corrupt era today with the release of the election result, Herath said.