Sept 06, Colombo: Leader of the Opposition and the United National Party (UNP) in Sri Lanka, Ranil Wickremasinghe says that he has been prevented from holding two election rallies for the forthcoming provincial council elections due to Presidential rallies.
Wickremasinghe told a demonstration in Galle Thursday (05) that his election rallies had to be cancelled since the President has decided to hold rallies at the same venue at the same time.
He said that holding elections frequently is not a sign of democracy, but it is the holding of free and fair elections that was important.
Referring to the statement by the President that he was not a dictator since he held elections in the country, Wickremasinghe said that there needs to be media freedom, judicial independence and free and fair elections for there to be democracy in the country.
He further noted that Zimbabwe President Mugabe has elections in his country but that does not mean he is not a dictator.