Ven. Gnanasara Thera nomination through National List: EC to make final decision
3 years ago
Rejection of nominations cause legal concerns By Maheesha Mudugamuwa The Election Commission (EC) will decide on the Our Power of People Party (Ape Jana Bala Pakshaya/OPPP) nomination of Ven. Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera to Parliament, The Morning learnt. Speaking to The Morning, Election Secretariat Director General Saman Sri Ratnayake said that since Ven. Gnanasara Thera’s nomination was earlier rejected, he is not legally entitled to enter Parliament. However, a final decision will be taken by the Commission, he said. The OPPP was not able to secure a seat at the 2020 general election, but obtained one National List allocation. According to Party Chairman Saman Perera, it has been decided that Ven. Gnanasara Thera will represent the party at Parliament. Attempts made by The Morning to contact EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya were futile.