UK says its interest is for a stable Sri Lanka

Laura DaviesThe British Government says its interest is for Sri Lanka to be stable, united and prosperous.

Laura Davies, the Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, in a blog posting said that last week’s general election was very tight.

“It was also remarkably peaceful. From the President and Elections Commissioner down, all involved have commented positively on the conduct of the election, many describing it as Sri Lanka’s best in decades. It’s not for the UK to support one party over another. Our interest is for Sri Lanka to be stable, united and prosperous. Elections that reflect the will of the people – and campaigns that do not seek to distort that will – are an essential element of this. That’s why we were major contributors to the full range of election observation missions and organisations around Sri Lanka,” she said.

She said in the January Presidential election and this month’s general election, UK supported both major and niche domestic observation efforts, to the tune of almost 750 million Sri Lankan rupees (around £350,000). This UK Government funding enabled additional and more informed observation, and better and more widespread voter education.

“For example, one of our partners trained 14,000 local observers who were then deployed across every single electoral district on election day. Another provided over 200 educational workshops for voters in all nine provinces. Some of these workshops focused specifically on enhancing women’s participation and engagement in politics. Yet another partner analysed media airtime, and a fourth distributed materials encouraging people to use their vote. Colleagues and I saw the importance of this work on our own pre-election trips around Sri Lanka. And we were at the core of the Commonwealth and EU election observation missions too. Two British Members of the European Parliament participated in the EU mission, and former British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Linda Duffield came with the advance Commonwealth team. Four members of High Commission staff, two Brits and two Sri Lankans, were also accredited as part of the EU mission,” she said.

She also said that no election is perfect and all the observer groups have reported electoral law violations.

“There were isolated instances of violence. The observers have also reflected on practical issues, such as voter privacy and polling station accessibility, particularly for the elderly or disabled. These recommendations are important food for debate for the new Parliament. Overall, however, levels of violence, misuse of resources and cut-outs, and intimidation fell dramatically. The role played by the Elections Commissioner and the police has been widely, rightly, praised. Everyone from polling booth officials to individuals voters too should be proud. Sri Lanka has demonstrated that there is a new normal for elections here, and the fact that so many young people were involved in both campaigning and observing is a positive sign for the future,” she added.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Bring stability to the UK its in total dissaray with all the rif raf from allover the world including Sri lanka Get your house in order before interfering . Why do you keep your mouth shut when thousands of innocent Palastinians are killed by the Isrealis Go sort the mess BRITAIN created.
    Your holier than thou stance make me puke on the Queens Head

  2. Sri lanka should demand damages in UN for killing Sri Lankans by UK when they ruled here. Now we do not need any advice from them.

  3. We Sri lanka was under occupation of colonial rule of British empire 150 years.
    We have lost our national identity and disappear of large wealth, which had been plunder by British colonial masters.
    Suppressed our main national languages, Buddhist religion and dismantle our 2500 years civilization by imposing and replace Christen mindset and colonial administration.

    And brought millions of Tamils for south Indian to be encourage Tamils in up country for New Tamil state. And while encouraging Tamils to seek separated state or Eealm by even current British rulers.

    All Tamil terrorist leaders has provide safe heaven in UK. while funding ,shelter and centers Tamil Terrorist in UK that to undermined Our democracy.
    The support and assist Tamil terrorist by UK that had been led to instability of Nation security and Unity of Sri lanka .

    Majority Sinhalese people think UK is still promoting and supporting political agenda which extermination of Sinhalese race form Island of Sri lanka by ex-colonial Masters.

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