The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) conveyed its best wishes to newly-appointed Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and said it hopes that Wickremesinghe’s appointment would signal the beginning of stability in the country to the international community.
CMEV Co-Convener, Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu, said to hold an election, the country will have to bring about political reforms by abolishing the Executive Presidency and achieve economic stability.
Dr. Saravanamuttu said the CMEV urges that the perpetrators of violence that occurred a few days ago at the GotaGoGama and MynaGoGama protest sites should be held accountable.
Meanwhile, CMEV Head of Operations D.M. Dissanayake said though the Court has imposed travel bans on 17 individuals, the Police have not arrested anyone or taken any type of action against the perpetrators, and this is a threat to democracy.
CMEV Coordinator A.M.N. Victor emphasised that the CMEV believes that violence can never be the solution and urges the protestors and the public to exercise restraint. He also urged the Security Forces to respect the fundamental rights of the public.
By Nabiya Vaffoor