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
"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.