Commonwealth to observe Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Elections

sinhala– සිංහල

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The Commonwealth is to observe Sri Lanka’s Northern Provincial Council Elections, Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma announced today. A Commonwealth Observation Mission will be deployed for the 21 September elections. Former Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka of Kenya will lead the mission.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General constituted the mission at the invitation of Sri Lanka’s Commissioner of Elections.

“These are landmark elections in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province,” the Secretary-General said. “It is my hope that they will proceed peacefully and be held on a level playing field, in an environment where the electors can freely exercise their franchise,” he added.

The Commonwealth Observer Mission’s mandate is to observe and consider all aspects of the electoral process and assess compliance with the standards for democratic elections to which Sri Lanka has committed itself. Where appropriate, the mission may also make recommendations for the future strengthening of the electoral framework.

Commonwealth observer missions act impartially and independently and conduct themselves according to the standards expressed in the International Declaration of Principles for Election Observation, to which the Commonwealth is a signatory.

The mission will submit its report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who will in turn send it to the Government of Sri Lanka, the Office of the Commissioner of Elections, relevant Sri Lankan political parties and eventually to all Commonwealth governments.

The four-member mission will be in Sri Lanka from the 14 to 28 September and be based mainly in Jaffna. A three-person team deployed from the Commonwealth Secretariat will support the mission. Mr Martin Kasirye, Head of the Democracy Section of the Secretariat’s Political Affairs Division, will lead this support team.

Mission Composition

Mr Kalonzo Musyoka (Chair)
Former Vice President
Republic of Kenya

Ms Jenni McMullan
Former Electoral Officer for Victoria

Dr Shamsul Huda
Former Chief Election Commissioner

Ms Examin Philbert
Secretary, Caribbean Association of Local Government Authorities Saint Lucia

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ලබන 21 වන දා පැවැත්වීමට නියමිත උතුරු පළාත් සභා මැතිවරණය පැවැත්වෙන ආකාරය නිරීක්ෂණය කිරීම සදහා පස් දෙනෙකුගෙන් යුත් විශේෂ නියෝජිත කණ්ඩායමක් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවට එවීමට පොදු රාජ්‍ය මණ්ඩලය තීරණය කර ඇතැයි වාර්තා වේ.මෙම පොදුරාජ්‍ය මණ්ඩලීය විශේෂ නිරීක්ෂණ කණ්ඩායම මෙරටදී ස්වාධීනව කටයුතු කිරීමට නියමිත අතර මැතිවරණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවෙන් පහසුමක් හා මාර්ගෝපදේශන ලබා නොගන්නා බවද දන්වා ඇතැයි ද රජයේ ආරංචි මාර්ග සදහන් කරයි.මෙම කණ්ඩායම පොදු රාජ්‍ය මණ්ඩලීය කොළඹ කාර්යාලයේ සම්බන්ධීකරණයෙන් උතුරේ මැතිවරණ නිරීක්ෂණ කටයුතු සිදුකර ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් වාර්තාවක් ලබාදීමට නියමිතව ඇතැයි ද පැවසේ.

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