EU satisfied with decisions taken by polls chief

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Cristian PredaEuropean Union (EU) election observers today said that they were satisfied with the manner in which Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya carried out his duties during the Parliamentary election.

Chief Observer Cristian Preda, a Member of the European Parliament, said that Deshapriya had particularly handled the State media in a commendable manner.

Meanwhile, Ignazio Corrao, Chair of the European Parliament Election Observation Delegation for the Parliamentary Elections in Sri Lanka, said that the election was seen as the most peaceful elections in Sri Lanka in a long time.

Corrao proposed that before the next elections Sri Lanka must adopt a new electoral law that will set the framework for the electoral commission, improve accessibility to polling stations for people with reduced mobility and increase the presence of senior presiding officer positions for women on election day.

“Now is the time to seize the opportunity for a complete reconciliation in Sri Lanka,” Ignazio Corrao said.

On election day, the EU election observers observed voting in Colombo, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kandy and Jaffna, from the opening to the closure of activities, and the vote count.

The EU observers said that the overall evaluation is that the election was very well organised. However the EU delegation took note of the low presence of female candidates according to international standards.

“We recommend that efforts are made so that more female candidates are nominated and elected next time,” the EU election observers said.

The EU said it attaches great importance to its partnership with Sri Lanka. The EU financial support to Sri Lanka will amount to over EUR 210 million from 2014 to 2020. Sri Lanka will also additionally benefit from regional and global funds. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. so relieved that the EU were satisfied with the election he meaning i says with a pinch of sarcasm. as for women candidates may be the sri lankan women are not that keen or desperate to stand as candidates as yhe women of EU states. may be the EU observers may ahve missed that poin. you never know unless one asks a cross section of may be 5000 women.

  2. Many thanks everybody for giving your time as observers in our 2015 parliamentary election. Your valuable comments should be taken on board by the Relevant Authorities concerned. Well done Madams & Sirs for your contribution

  3. Thanks EU for your valuable service.
    Now that Sri Lankan people has shown what you wnat us to be, Peace, harmony and good governance, please grant us GSP + with immediate effect.

    Thank you!

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