Pay heed to peaceful protesters – EC

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By Methmalie Dissanayake

The Election Commission (EC), yesterday (18) warned the political parties that if they ignore the concerns and demands of citizens expressed peacefully, the country would fall into anarchy. 

In a statement, the EC expressed its sadness over the present crisis in Sri Lanka and the suffering of citizens. 

“One of the main reasons for this plight is Sri Lanka lacks an election process that leads the country towards a noble political culture. That is why the EC always lobbies to implement an election process that ensuresthe participation of women and youth, avoiding misuse of public property, and limitingexcessive benefits for MPs and ministers. All of these are very important to protect the democracy of the country,” the EC said. 

“At a crucial juncture like this, the political parties in Parliament cannot avoid their responsibilities. If they fail to do so, there is a risk of the country falling into anarchy,” the EC said, adding that the political parties should pay attention to the demands of the citizens that are conveyed peacefully.