Sri Lanka Election

‘Largely peaceful and credible’

Metro Desk

20 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Commonwealth Observer Group has commended the people of Sri Lanka on a largely peaceful, credible and orderly election, but expressed concern that some groups experienced fear and intimidation. 

The observer group stressed that a credible election must be inclusive, guaranteeing every citizen’s right to participate freely and safely in the process.

Presenting the Group’s preliminary statement at a press conference in Colombo, the Chair of the Observer Group, Prosper Bani, said: “While the environment before and during the poll was generally peaceful, we were concerned to hear about incidents of violence, in particular, an attack on a convoy of buses transporting Muslims to vote in the northern part of the country.

The Group encouraged the people and leaders of Sri Lanka to improve on inclusivity in future elections.