Sarath didn’t check this box himself
You don’t have to be registered to vote or vote in order to be elected President. You just have to be a citizen and nominated properly. It is, of course, a huge PR kerfuffle, but the big legal issue may actually be Rupavahini running false and malicious information that he was disqualified. He’s not, he just looks bad. If that case gets filed it may, oddly involve a precedent involving Basil Rajapakse. Fonseka is a mess of a candidate, but I think the push to suppress and intimidate voting is a bigger issue. Though far less interesting. But this is just to say that Fonseka can, legally, win. It is a strange universe where such a duct tape campaign could win, but Sri Lanka does have a peculiar gravitational field.
Ruling-party lawmakers had appeared on state television and urged voters not to cast their ballots for Fonseka, saying he would be disqualified if he was elected.
But the independent Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake said in a statement that Fonseka faced no legal obstacle to contest Tuesday’s vote nor would he be disqualified if he was duly elected.
“Not having one’s name on the electoral list is not a disqualification,” Dissanayake said.
Dissanayake had overruled objections to Fonseka’s candidature when he filed his nomination papers in December.
A pro-government politician had wanted him thrown out of the contest when he filed his nomination because he wrongly claimed Fonseka was a US citizen. (LBO)
Anyways, I still think MR is the default win, but I really really don’t know. We’ll see in the morning. What a show.