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Thursday, 02 October 2014

UNP proposes foreign pre-polls monitors

moco2014.jpgThe main opposition United National Party (UNP) has urged Elections Commissioner MahindaDeshapriya to have foreign election monitors in place from the day presidential elections are announced. UNP General Secretary TissaAttanayake said that there is strong speculation that a presidential election will be held early next year. UNP Leadership Council Chairman KaruJayasuriya, General Secretary TissaAttanayaka, Assistant President Ravi Karunanayake and MP Joseph Michael Perera yesterday met the Commissioner of Elections and urged him to make provisions for the upcoming presidential election to be free and fair ...

He said that, keeping this in mind, the UNP led by Leadership Council Chairman KaruJayasuriya met the Elections Commissioner yesterday and discussed the preparations which should be in place once a presidential election is announced. Attanayake recalled that during past elections there were several incidents of Government resources being used for election related work, in violation of election laws, ahead of the election. He said that the proposal of having foreign election monitors in place ahead of election day, if there is a presidential election, is to ensure similar violations do not take place. The UNP had also discussed with the Elections Commissioner the opening of a new office by the Government recently which is to be used to prepare for a presidential election next year.
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