Commonwealth in final report says Sri Lanka polls democratic

srilankacog620Commonwealth election observers, in their final report on the August 2015 Parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka, found that the election was democratic.

The Commonwealth Secretariat today released the final report of the Commonwealth Observer Group to Sri Lanka’s 2015 Parliamentary Elections.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma made the observers’ findings public after they were sent to the Government, Commissioner of Elections and political parties following the elections.

Writing in the foreword to the report, the Chair of the Commonwealth Observer Group, former President of Malta Dr George Abela said: “Our overall assessment is that these 2015 Parliamentary elections fulfilled the key benchmarks for a democratic election and that the electoral process was on the whole transparent, peaceful and credible.”

Among the recommendations offered by the Observer Group is a call for measures that make it easier for women to enter politics at the national level and a proposal that Sri Lanka take a “zero-tolerance” approach to election violence. The Group also concluded that the Government should reconsider restrictions on campaigning methods as well as consider legislation on campaign finance.

The report praises Sri Lanka’s Commissioner of Elections and his Office for “having maintained high standards of fairness” and the country’s police for enforcing the law and ensuring a peaceful election.

More than 6,000 candidates from 21 political parties and 200 independent groups contested the 17 August election, which saw 225 members of parliament elected. The United National Party (UNP), which led the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) coalition, increased its vote share and formed a government with the support of some members of the opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

Nine women were elected to Parliament, with just one nominated on the national list, meaning women make up only five percent of the total seats in Parliament.

Just under 200 incidents of election-related violence were reported in the campaign period, including three deaths, grievous assaults, attacks on political party and candidate offices, and abductions, the Commonwealth observers note. (Colombo Gazette)

4 COMMENTS

  1. If Rajapaksa had won the election, then these mob would have give the report to suggest “corrupted election”. Both Presidential and general elections gave what ‘West’ wanted so the report endorsed the outcome. We should not forget that Rajapaksa was prevented from participating the “Commonwealth General Meeting” in UK despite he was the president of it; thanks to these extremists.

  2. “”Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma made the observers”
    The shill Kamalesh is no more the Sec Gen.
    but Baroness Scotland is the Sec Gen.

    getting a paycheck or getting results?

    Even in the UK the land of present day `democracy` only 50% of the public eligible to vote cast their votes. Who believes in democracy but stooges of governments- a hypocrisy in practice.

    Do these observers mention the 50% that don’t cast the vote? No they are playing the game of sex-appeal like Hillary Clinton and women before who at the end do not bother about women but themselves ruling for life. Throughout history the world has been ruled by passion so do we have to be even more hypocritical?

    For Observers it is all about – pay cheque and prominence.

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