Local monitors note change in political culture

Rohana HettiarchchiLocal election monitors today noted a positive change in Sri Lanka’s political culture which was having an impact on the Parliamentary elections.

The Peoples Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said that collective action had led to the positive change and this should now be maintained.

The Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachi said that when compared to past elections there has been a considerable drop in pre election violations reported ahead of the August 17 polls.

He said there were less reports of State resources being used ahead of election day and Government vehicles which were used, had been returned following the intervention of the Elections Commissioner.

Hettiarachi also hailed the measures taken by the police and the Elections Commissioner to prevent violations of elections laws.

He said the powers with the Elections Commissioner has been boosted as a result of the 19th Amendment to the constitution and so those who backed the 19th Amendment must also be commended.

PAFFREL meanwhile urged the public to select suitable candidates to represent them in Parliament when they go to vote on Monday.

Hettiarachi also said that simply because someone had a bad past record does not mean he is clean now when contesting the election. (Colombo Gazette)