Sept 22, Colombo: While congratulating the people of Sri Lanka for the historic Provincial Council elections held Saturday (September 21), the United States Embassy in Colombo has urged the government to investigate the election violence, particularly the involvement of uniformed individuals in the attacks.
Expressing concern about the reports of election violence, the U.S. Embassy in a statement said the high turn-out and participation in all three of the provinces holding elections is a victory for the democratic process.
Sri Lanka held elections for the Northern, Central and North Western Provincial Councils Saturday. The ruling party claimed victory in the and Central and North Western Provincial Councils and the Tamil National Alliance was victorious in the Northern Province.
It said particularly troubling have been reports of involvement by uniformed individuals in these acts and urged the government to conduct an investigation.
"We remain concerned about reports of elections violence, however, and urge a transparent and independent investigation into the various attacks and that the perpetrators be brought to justice swiftly," the statement said.
While pointing out that "A process free of violence and intimidation in the Northern Province is required for greater civilian administration and to help further the reconciliation process four years after the war," the U.S. Embassy said the elections provided a starting point for that process.
"These Democracy is not simply about elections, however, and more must be done to ensure that Sri Lankans of all communities can live in the peace and dignity that they deserve," it said.