Sept 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's election monitoring organization Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) issuing a statement expressed surprise and regret over most senior state official of the Northern Province, Governor G.A. Chandrasiri allegedly joining ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) politicians for election propaganda activities.
CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon pointed out that, according to the roles and responsibilities of the Governor as detailed in article 154 (b) of the Constitution, a governor is a senior public official who is appointed by the President to carry out the duties assigned.
The senior public officials of Sri Lanka should act as independent persons at elections.
CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said, "By attending election propaganda activities Chandrasiri has shown his political bias."
In the recent past Governor of the North Western Province Tissa R. Balalla has also engaged in similar activities but he seems to have stopped such actions, at least temporarily, after continuous lobbying by election stakeholders, the election monitor noted.
The elections for the Northern, Northwestern and Central Provincial Councils are to take place on September 21.