Chandrika asks authorities to ensure free and fair elections
Last Updated: Monday, January 25, 2010, 00:04
Colombo: Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga has expressed concern over escalating violence in the run up to Tuesday's presidential poll in Sri Lanka and asked authorities to ensure free and fair elections.

"The prevailing violence and the breakdown in law and order poses a serious challenge to democracy, democratic institutions and values, as well as all the basic freedoms we cherish and have protected with great sacrifice over the centuries," Kumaratunga said in a statement.

"I know of no better system of government than that founded and formed on democracy and freedom," the statement said.

"This implies the guarantee of freedom, the right to think and express these thoughts freely, and to act freely within the law of one's country.

"It also implies the peoples' freedom to choose who should govern them through free and fair elections," she said.

"Wilfully denying and violating these rights would ring the death knell of the nation," she said while also reading out the statement in a Private TV channel.

She asked the authorities to instruct the police and other law enforcement agencies to check the escalating violence to ensure free and fair elections.


First Published: Monday, January 25, 2010, 00:04

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