Prime Minister meets European Union delegation

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena held a discussion with the European Union Exploratory Mission (ExM) of the EU Election Observatory Mission (EOM) at the Temple Trees today (June 7).

The delegation discussed issues pertaining to forthcoming elections in Sri Lanka and explained the EU’s methods of election monitoring after entering into an agreement with the government and the Election Commission.

When they said that there were rumours regarding the next election, the Prime Minister stated that the Constitutional Provision was very clear on the Presidential Election and already the Election Commission has made an announcement with this regard. He assured that elections will be held in accordance with the constitution and the elections will be free and fair.

The team leader of the delegation Mette Bakken said that observers will be deployed across the country to all nine provinces and meet with election officials, candidates, political parties, media representatives, domestic observers and voters.

Legal Director Jayatissa de Costa explained the proposed electoral reforms to the EU delegation.

Deputy Head of EU Mission Lars Bredal said the EU Election Observation Mission will submit a preliminary report 2 days after the election and a comprehensive report within two weeks’ time.

The EU is a globally recognised and credible actor in international election observation. Since 2000, the EU has deployed over 180 Election Observation Missions (EOMs) to more than 65 countries.

The delegation included European Union Deputy Head of Delegation Lars Bredal, Team Leader Mette Bakken, Sector Head Kari Kasmann, Policy Officer Laure Philippe-Kagan and Political Expert, Inta Lase.

MP Yadamini Gunawardena, Secretary to the Prime Minister Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to Ministry of Local Government & Home Affairs, Pradeep Yasaratne, Legal Director, Dr Jayatissa de Costa, Advisor on International Affairs and Media, Sugeeswara Senadhira and Legal Officer Gayani Premathilake also attended the meeting.

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