Written by Lahiru Fernando
05 Aug, 2015 | 9:30 pm
The Church of Ceylon has appealed to all political parties, the people, the government, the administrative police and the media to strive for a non-violent, free and fair campaign, election and post election period.
The statement, bearing the signature of Bishop of Colombo, the Rt. Reverend Dhiloraj Canagasabey, reads that the Parliament, being the highest legislative body of the country, is tasked with embodying the will of the people and enacting laws for the common good of society.
It adds that those elected to parliament are given certain rights and privileges, paid for by the citizens of this country to carry out their duties honestly and for the public good.
The statement by the Church of Ceylon goes on to say that it is sad to note that in spite of the people’s aspirations for candidates with good moral standards to be nominated, this has been overlooked to some extent by leaders of the political parties.
The Church of Ceylon also appeals to the people not to accept the nomination of such candidates passively, but to make known their opposition to such selections and finally not be swayed by party loyalties alone when casting their vote.
The statement reads that voters, therefore, have the sacred task of selecting only the most suitable candidates to be sent to Parliament.
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