Written by Tharushan Fernando
19 Aug, 2015 | 1:34 pm
Convening a media briefing on Wednesday, the European Union Election Observation Mission issued a preliminary statement on the 2015 Sri Lankan general elections.
Speaking at the breifing, Chief Observer of the Mission and Member of the European Parliament, Christian Preda, had words of praise over how the elections were conducted, but also raised several points of interest.
The Chief Observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission noted that the title we gave to this preliminary statement is genunie and well adminstered elections with restrictive campaign rules.
He further added that the 17 August parliamnetry elections in Sri Lanka were well adminstered and offered voters a geniune choice and the commisioner of elections and his staff adminstered the elections in a transparent and impartial manner.
However, Christian Preda further expressed that in addition to issuing circulars and guidelines throughout the campaign the commissioner had exceptionally broad powers to instruct any state institution; and the wide interpretation of these powers including that the commissioner may order state outlets to halt broadcasts challenged the recently gained media freedoms.That at times such desicions were vague and impracticable and were issued on an ad-hoc basis
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