Sri Lankan poll chief rejects rigging charges

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan elections commissioner today rejected allegations that last week’s presidential vote was rigged by incumbent Mahinda Rajapakse but raised questions over unfair campaigning.

Dayananda Dissanayake said he stood by the results of the January 26 poll, which gave Rajapakse 58 per cent of the vote, trouncing opposition-backed former general Sarath Fonseka with 40 per cent.

“I am not satisfied with what has happened in the campaign period,” Dissanayake told reporters. “But I stand by the voting process and the results.” Dissanayake said he had no control over the misuse of state property and government-owned media during campaigning.