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Elections commissioner Dissanayake rejected allegations today (3rd) that presidential votes  were rigged by incumbent Mahinda Rajapakse. ut raised questions over unfair campaigning. Mr.Dissanayake said he stood by the results of the January 26 poll, which gave Rajapakse 58 & of the votes and the opposition candidate general Sarath Fonseka 40 %.

The Commissioner said "I am not satisfied with what has happened in the campaign period, 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. He expressed fears of such occurrence repeating at parliamentary elections in  March or April this year.

He denied all rumors that he was held at gun point, nor was he warded at Apollo hospital, nor had he met with an accident or his children were kidnapped. "It is up to concerned individuals, the political parties and the candidates to go to court to redress this situation," he said. "I have done everything in my power to control the abuses, but I can't do more” he said.

Poll observers from the Commonwealth said voting had been "well-administered" but highlighted what they called a "compromised" pre-election environment. K.D. Knight, chairman of the Commonwealth observer mission, concluded the results broadly reflected the will of the people despite some violations.
Oppersition main candidate Fonseka has vowed to challenge the result in court after alleging sophisticated computer fraud.

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