Health Guidelines - Mixed reactions by political parties

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Political parties, which met the Election Commission Chairman yesterday have expressed mixed reactions to the health guidelines stipulated during the general election to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and on the media coverage given to the polls.

Ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), United National Party (UNP) and Samaji Jana Balawegaya (SJB) had welcomed the guidelines and wanted them gazetted soon.

UNP Assistant Leader Ravi Karuanayake said his party had not objected to the health guidelines and said EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya had assured of constant checks of the COVID-19 situation.

SJB General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara said he and others wanted the gazette notification pertaining to health guidelines issued without delay.

“SJB and other parties also objected to the manner in which some media institutions were acting and pointed out that some electronic media gave more air time to some political parties and less for others.

Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) Secretary Pubudu Jayagoda said his party objected to some of the health guidelines. “We informed the EC that campaigning by way of advertising in the media and banning of posters is unfair because there are candidates who cannot afford to advertise in the media,” he said.

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara who expressed a different idea said it was better if the general election could be held even a week earlier than the scheduled date as the COVID-19 situation might get worse by August 5. “I personally think the election should be held earlier. But, I do not know the legal provisions for such a move,” he said.

SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam said the SLPP was agreeable to holding the election according to the guidelines and recommendations made by the EC. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • BigEars Saturday, 18 July 2020 11:13 AM

    As for the voters, wait till the day of the election, study the prevailing heath situation and then decide to vote.

    Poli-tikka Saturday, 18 July 2020 01:05 PM

    So, the SLFP thinks the situation will become worse by 5th August? Are they planning to run and hide?

    Lord Wolfstein Saturday, 18 July 2020 08:11 PM

    Useless these guidlines. People have to travel in overcrowded buses and railway to their polling boots. This will give the Rajapaksas a big unlawful advantage because people with brain will not participate in the election because of the danger to be infected. Only brainless people will vote for the Rajapaksas and they are not afraid because they are believe in the lies that the virus is undet control.

    Sir Sunday, 19 July 2020 07:06 AM

    BULL SHIT LOOK YESTERDAY MEETING HELD BY RS. 2500/- MAN WHERE THE MASKS NONE NONSENSE.

    Realist Sunday, 19 July 2020 10:08 PM

    These are guidelines - anyone can take it or leave it. No teeth to enforce by law. But like public being arrested for not wearing masks while politikkas do not care, Police will only catch poor public.


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