Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya, Chairperson, Mr. Naleen Abesekara, PC,
Member, Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole, Member,
Election Commission of Sri Lanka,
Chairperson and Members of the Election Commission,
Political Candidates and Political Parties by Staff Officers and Government
We believe that the interventions of your esteemed Commission
have considerably mitigated the negative trend of staff officers and other
government officials engaging in promoting and demoting political parties and
candidates as well as expressing their personal political views during the
upcoming presidential election.
In this context, we wish to bring to your attention that the
chairperson of the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), Dr.
Anuruddha Padeniya, attended a political promotion campaign event held by
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the presidential candidate of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna
(SLPP), at the Nelumpokuna Auditorium on 25/10/2019. The event was for the
launch of Mr. Rajapaksa’s election manifesto, and Dr. Padeniya was seen
attending the main plenary.
This conduct is not only in defiance of the Establishment
Code of Sri Lanka which must be abided by all government officials, but is also
in violation of Circular No. 01, 6 (II) dated 18/09/2019 issued by the Election
Commission. We are of the view that the pre-election period leading up to the presidential
election will be severely compromised if staff officers of other government
services consider this as a precedent and follow the same conduct.
Accordingly, we wish to request the Commission under your direction
to take the necessary measures pertaining to the aforesaid matters with
immediate effect. The kind cooperation extended by your institution in this
regard, to uphold democratic values and to ensure a free and fair election, is
Centre for Monitoring Election Violence.
- Mr. Dharmasena Dissanayake, Chairperson,
Public Service Commission, Battaramulla
- Mrs. Vasantha Perera, Secretary,
Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, Colombo 10
- Mr. Jagath Abeysiriwardhana, Senior
Deputy Inspector General (Elections), Sri Lanka Police
- Director, National Election Complaint
Management Center, Election Commission, Rajagiriya.
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