Ranil hails most peaceful election in a long time
Final UNF media briefing ahead of election held in Colombo on Thursday (Aug 13). Photo: Osanda Daham Nimsara

Ranil hails most peaceful election in a long time

August 13, 2015   03:11 pm

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today said the 2015 parliamentary poll has been the most peaceful, free and fair election in a long time and that the younger people have not witnessed such an election during their lifetime.

“I would also like to point out that this has been the most peaceful election, where the election laws have been enforced fully,” he said, addressing the final media briefing of the United National Front for Good Governance, which is contesting through the UNP. 

He stated that the country has allowed posters and cutouts from 1989 and that today there are no posters or cutouts cutouts, there is media impartiality, the Commissioner of Elections determines the rules and takes action.  

“So this has been a free and fair election which people have not witnessed for a long time.”

“The younger people have not witnessed it during their lifetime,” he said, adding that it is to preserve this freedom and build a new country that the United National Front seeks the vote on August 17.      

“We got together to preserve the gains of the January 8 revolution. To ensure that good governance was carried on and your future was secured,” he said.

The UNP leader said that they have traveled around country and their joint assessment is that “no one wants Mahinda Rajapaksa.” 

“They are confident that the UNF is capable of building a new country and they are willing to give us that chance,” he said.


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