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The government yesterday ruled out the need to bring in international polls observers in view of the forthcoming elections to the Northern, Central and North Western Provincial Councils.

Ruling UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha told journalists yesterday after a meeting with Elections Commissioner that political parties should have confidence in the local mechanisms in this case, instead of seeking international support for everything.   

Mr. Premajayantha said some opposition parties with vested interests had called for international polls observers to be deployed particularly in the North.

“Why can’t we rely on our own system for them? We ourselves can monitor elections,” he said.

Asked about requests to confine the military to the barracks in the north in view of the election, he said, “Military personnel are already in the barracks.  We have gone to the north. All civil affairs are handled by the police, not the military. Soldiers are always in their barracks,” he said adding that he was in charge of election affairs in the north on behalf of the UPFA.

“We have finalized the nomination lists for the electoral districts in the north. There were nomination boards appointed for each province where the election has been declared, “he said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Nath Ranasinghe Saturday, 13 July 2013 05:14 PM

    Election commissioner wants foreign observers and government don't want (Naturally) Who has the call?

    sarath Saturday, 13 July 2013 06:09 PM

    As well do not waste funds also for elections! Every body knows
    what it is going to be.

    areef Saturday, 13 July 2013 09:25 AM

    foreign observers will clear the doubts of violations of civic rights. Better to allow as many as commonwealth and UNO observers during the Elections.

    Janaka Saturday, 13 July 2013 06:13 PM

    Computer jilmart is not needed this time.With no Independent Observers, people will be told whom to vote for. Citizens who don't want to vote for the winning party,will not be allowed to leave their houses.

    Waz Saturday, 13 July 2013 09:41 AM

    FREE and FARE elections. Free for the Govt; and un FARE for the oppositions?

    dmd Sunday, 14 July 2013 12:00 AM

    rohan: u dum, fool. people likely ruined the country. via DM Android App

    Regi Saturday, 13 July 2013 07:17 PM

    It will be field day for the UPFA politicians.

    Steinar Saturday, 13 July 2013 03:47 AM

    Amazing,, as a member of the world all knows that to have independent monitor's is a must and shows that the election is free and with out any negative things. All uppgoing country even Norway accept this. If some dont want it it means that they are afraid to be seen in the 'card'.

    Shaik Anwar Ahamath Saturday, 13 July 2013 10:47 AM

    Big mistake. The govt. is on a hiding for nothing. The losers in the election will claim the votes were rigged, voters intimidated and more. Our enemies abroad will have a field day.

    lalitha Saturday, 13 July 2013 03:57 AM

    another computer jilmart in the coming

    sobers Saturday, 13 July 2013 04:07 AM

    Everyone knows, what is in store.

    Truth Hurts Saturday, 13 July 2013 11:06 AM

    Absolutely! At least they should allow some local independent computer professionals for monitoring the counting. The professionals of course will be afraid of their safety, so there is every reason why foreign observers must be present.

    Porky Pig Saturday, 13 July 2013 04:17 AM

    What is there to hide. This shows as to what will happen at the next election. Ranil stooge Mangala please note.

    Suny J fm Melbourne Saturday, 13 July 2013 11:31 AM

    Opps..we have a trustworthy election cimmisioner and a efficient set independent election officials......why we need foregin election observers....!!!

    Grace Saturday, 13 July 2013 04:41 AM

    No need to bring poll observers from foreign countries. We all know what they will say when leaving after the elections.

    Nishan Saturday, 13 July 2013 12:00 AM

    Everyone knows how we conduct our elections & the minister's remarks clearly show how it's going to be conducted this time again. via DM Android App

    Renu Monday, 15 July 2013 07:29 AM

    Will you accept if the Sri-Lankan Monitors say it is not a free & fair Election. Never happewnd before

    Reader Saturday, 13 July 2013 11:55 AM

    Hilarious ! Whom they are trying to fool ?

    Rohan Saturday, 13 July 2013 04:42 AM

    If someone does not like this country then only one thing to do. Should pack up bags and leave. If you are a minority with such issues then nothing can be done. The majority will decide on various aspects based on Democratic rule of law.

    sas Saturday, 13 July 2013 04:55 AM

    If the government is honest they need not fear foreign observers.

    JJ Saturday, 13 July 2013 12:00 AM

    is it because that they are sure of what s up via DM Android App

    Gerard Saturday, 13 July 2013 05:33 AM

    'All civil affairs are handled by the police' and the police is handled by whom? The games are about to begin, if it has not already started.

    VoiceOfLanka Saturday, 13 July 2013 05:56 AM

    That's right, like, we can hold our own investigations re accusations against us. Let's allow students themselves to supervise themselves at exams as well. We should have the confidence.

    Labby Saturday, 13 July 2013 06:02 AM

    This is precisely the reason why we need foreign monitors; we certainly don't trust the local system. It has failed repeatedly. If the government continues in this way there surely will be another uprising and our leaders will have only Africa to run to.

    Shehan Saturday, 13 July 2013 06:12 AM

    I have a few names for our own local talent: Vass Gunawardene, Ananda Sarathkumara, Mohan Peiris. Excellent people all. Whats wrong with having our own people.

    Suq Madique Saturday, 13 July 2013 06:20 AM

    Obviously the results have already been decided upon so no need to waste money on foreign observers.

    Crow Saturday, 13 July 2013 06:20 AM

    OUR PEOPLE ENJOY 5 STAR DEMOCRACY. WHY SHOULD INVITE international polls observers?

    hiran gunasekara Monday, 15 July 2013 12:21 PM

    THe UPFA has catagorized "All Sri Lankans accept the UPFA supporters are DUMB FOOLS". I hope that is not the case.

    nowzy Saturday, 13 July 2013 06:34 AM

    he was an education minister.so he knows how to count and calculate correctly... you know what i mean.....

    Sumith Saturday, 13 July 2013 06:53 AM

    When the TNA won last time around were there foreign observers? Why should a sovereign state betray its interests to outsiders?

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 13 July 2013 07:00 AM

    Why should there be foreign interference when local Jilmart can take care of everything as usual.

    radish.S Saturday, 13 July 2013 07:11 AM

    Was this man in the committee of enquiry along with Nimal and
    Srisena that acquitted Mervyn in the Tree incident?

    Jayasekara Saturday, 13 July 2013 07:12 AM

    So you can increase the vote from 50% to 65% after the elections

    Renu Saturday, 13 July 2013 08:24 AM

    GHetting ready for a computer Jilmart, Basil will be at the helm. Will the EC get sick with stress

    Gamage Saturday, 13 July 2013 08:30 AM

    CHOGM please take note of the resistance governments resistance and hesitance to have these polls observed independently. CHOGM you know the lack of confidence in the local mechanisms that was evident through the episode to appoint a government puppet as the chief justice of the country. CHOGM do not be party to the total destruction of democracy in Sri Lanka. Tacit support to the Rajapakshe regime by the presence of CHOGM leaders will be only contribute to the further erosion of democracy in the country. The lack of sincerity of the regime is clearly evident by its many actions, the most recent being the attempt to renege on the governments 13A+ promise towards the latter part of the war, merely to appease the international community, with little if not no intension of carrying it out. Lying and bluffing has been the order of the day for this regime.

    Nadi Karunaratne Saturday, 13 July 2013 08:34 AM

    Only way to have confidence in elections so if they don't invite foreign observers that's because results will be rigged. If nothing to hide then why refuse external validation of free and fair elections?
    This gang can't afford to lose and will do everything to avoid it because they know what awaits them if they are kicked out.


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