Election sans violence or COVID 19 spread and 71% turnout: True democracy is well and truly alive – Karu Jayasuriya
Former Speaker of Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya stated that it is a victory for democracy that the 5 August General Election was held sans any recording of major incidents of violence or the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 disease.
He also commended the 71 per cent voter turnout at this Poll as proof, true democracy is still truly alive and well in the country.
In a message issued following the 5 August Parliamentary Poll, he praised the efforts taken in this regard by the Election Commission (EC), the Commissioner General of Elections, Election officials, the Director General of Health Services (DGHS), health officers, Armed Forces personnel and the Police.
“The service rendered by the EC has to be commended. It further underscores the importance of the conduct of independent Commissions. I commend the work rendered by the three EC Members, including its Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya, President’s Counsel Nalin Abeysekara and Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole, despite facing criticisms from several quarters over the perceived delay in conducting of the Poll. The EC Commissioners faced all that flak and managed to conduct a free and fair Poll and they were also able to stage it without any serious risk to voters of falling victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, the work done by the Commissioner General of Election as well as all its officers must not be ignored in the successful conclusion of the Poll. Further, the work carried out by the health officers headed by the DGHS as well the personnel from the Armed Forces and the Police should not be forgotten at this hour,” he said.