Aug 25, Colombo: Sri Lanka's election watchdog the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has expressed concern over the United Nationals High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay meeting with selected political parties contesting the upcoming Northern Provincial Council polls during her visit to the island.
CaFFE Executive Director, Keerthi Tennakoon has said that Pillay's meeting with selected political parties or groups contesting Northern PC polls will give those parties an unfair advantage, Ceylon Today reported.
"If the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights meets only selected political parties or groups who are contesting the PC elections during her visit to Sri Lanka, it will give that group(s) an unfair advantage not in accordance with the level playing field, which is a fundamental component of representative democracy," the election monitor told media at a press briefing in Kilinochchi today.
According to Tennakoon the UN official should give equal hearing opportunity for each party contesting for the Northern PC.
"As the head of an organization mandated and bound to uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, CaFFE expects Pillay to uphold the principal of equality that is an intrinsic aspect of natural justice," Tennakoon has said.