Polls chief asks presedent elect to let him quit

Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake made a humble plea or in his words ‘a final request’ from the new President on Friday, asking to let him retire in peace at least now. Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake made a humble plea or in his words ‘a final request’ from the new President on Friday, asking to let him retire in peace at least now. Dissanayake, 64 and after six heart attacks, served four more years at his post since his retirement was due.

Dissanayake has conducted a poll in each year of his extended term, pushing the total number of polls under his purview to double digits.

“I may remain the commissioner till the year 3000,” Dissanayake said in disgust just before he conducted the April 2004 parliamentary polls. “I went to the Supreme Court because I wanted to retire, but they wouldn’t let me.”

Dissanayake’s powers cannot be delegated to any other public servant until a brand new elections commission is constituted.

An amendment to the 1978 statute set up a fully fledged independent Elections Commission in 2001 replacing Dissanayake’s election department, but he can quit only after the new commissioners are appointed.

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