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Geetha only MP with dual citizenship

The Immigration Controller has informed the election observer PAFFREL today that Parliamentarian Geetha Kumarasinghe was the only MP who holds a dual-citizenship.

Addressing a news briefing, PAFFREL Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi said Immigration Controller M.N. Ranasinghe had informed them in writing that it was only Ms. Kumarasinghe who had been issued with a dual-citizenship certificate numbered 17096A.

“The Controller had obtained a list of details of all MPs from Parliament Secretary General including their names, dates of birth and identity card numbers. The details had been fed into the the department’s electronic data system which includes details of dual-citizenship holders. The department had also cross-referenced obtained date with the details of dual-citizenship holders which were not included in the computer system. The Controller had then confirmed that it was only Galle District MP Kumarasinghe who is a dual-citizen,” he said.

He said they have been informed that no certificate of dual-citizenship had been issued to other 224 Members of Parliament. (By Lahiru Pothmulla)