Nov 18, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe today (Nov 18) said his government hopes that the system of establishing independent commissions, will be safeguarded in the future.
Issuing a special statement thanking the people who voted for the New Democratic Front (NDF) candidate Sajith Premadasa, the Prime Minister said there was an atmosphere in which a free and fair presidential election could be held without any political influence.
“Since we have created an environment where all the officials, including the Commissioner of Elections, can act independently and freely without any political influence, this year's election was held freely and fairly and the voters were able to go to the polling booths freely without any fear or hesitation and vote at their discretion."
"While our hope is to see this honorable system created by establishing independent commissions continue further in the future, on behalf of the United National Front led by the United National Party (UNP) I would like to thank all those who voted for Sajith Premadasa at the Presidential Election held on November 16."
I also take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the public servants, including the Commissioner of Elections, who worked with dedication from the day the presidential election was announced to the end of it, the police, the Armed Forces and all other parties and all the people who have helped to preserve peace."