Ranil hails “free and fair” Parliamentary election

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B37A7910United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wikremesinghe today hailed the conduct of a “free and fair” Parliamentary election.

“For the first time we are having a peaceful election in Sri Lanka. This is a free and fair election both in terms of the legal norms as well as the democratic norms. This was made possible because of the January 8 revolution,” Wickremesinghe told reporters after casting his vote at College House in Colombo.

Wickremesinghe is contesting from the Colombo District and will continue as Prime Minister if his newly formed coalition, the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) wins over 113 seats.

“We in the UNF are a group representing a cross section of political parties and civil society members. We are confident of victory that we can consolidate the Jan. 8 revolution,” he said.

He also thanked President Maithripala Sirisena for establishing good governance in the island nation.

Meanwhile election observers from the European Union who have arrived in Sri Lanka told journalists that foreign observers had been deployed around the country to observe Monday’s polls.

“We were invited by the Sri Lankan authorities and the EU said yes because we are interested to have a partnership with Sri Lanka and this is conditioned by a good revolution of democracy,” Cristian Preda, chief observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) said.

Preda added that they had received good information from the ground in the first half of the morning but could not comment further till polling concludes on Monday afternoon. (Colombo Gazette)

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