June 21, 2024

Sri Lanka, Asia’s oldest democracy, has consistently held its elections on time without political interference, ensuring that the rights of the people are upheld.Any political leader, whether from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) or any other party, cannot lead the country by stifling the voice of the people. Democratic principles must be valued and upheld.The latest announcement by the General Secretary of the UNP does not seem to reflect the views of President Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is known for upholding democratic values. The President did not discuss this matter with the SLPP, and if a public referendum is called to extend the term of the President and Parliament, the SLPP will not support it.Leaders cannot prepare the pitch and then decide whether it is suitable to bat or not. The SLPP reiterates that elections should be held according to the Constitution of the country and that the party is ready to face both Presidential and Parliamentary elections.