For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya
Angry over non-compliance of his directives by political parties, Sri Lanka’s top election official today said he would quit after the presidential polls next week.
Sri Lankan Elections Commissioner (EC) Dayananda Dissanayake also told a meeting of party representatives that he would immediately withdraw the officer appointed to monitor the state media during the pre-election period, local media reports said.
Dissanayake’s decision came as he indicated that he was disappointed with the election process in the country.
He decided to quit after the January 26 presidential polls and also to immediately remove the Competent Authority to monitor the state media, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake, who was attending the meeting, said.
Jayampathy Hettiarachchi was appointed the Competent Authority to monitor the state media during the pre-election period on the request of party representatives recently after allegations that ruling party was misusing the state media.
The EC told the meeting that he will resign as his recommendations have not been followed by the political parties contesting the polls next week, reports said.
He also told members of presidential elections advisory committee that the Competent Authority appointed by him to oversee the conduct of the State media has been withdrawn as its purpose was not being served.