Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Anura Priyadharshana Yapa, speaking to reporters at a media briefing today, said that election monitors are only focused on the government and not the opposition.
He insisted that the government will ensure a free fair election and not violate election laws during and before the January 8 Presidential election.
Just yesterday local election monitors had written to the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) raising objections to the use of State buses for election work of the government, in violation of election laws.
The People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) had told the SLTB that it had received complaints with regards to the use of SLTB buses for election campaigns and rallies of the government.
PAFFREL Executive Director, Rohana Hettiarachi has said in a letter to the SLTB that 1100 SLTB buses had reportedly been used for the Anuradhapura rally of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
He said that government owned buses had also been used for another government election event at Shalika grounds and 500 buses were expected to be used today for an election rally in Panadura.
Meanwhile Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said that there was suspicion on several trips undertaken by members of the joint opposition to Singapore.
He said that several opposition members including Maithripala Sirisena, Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and Ranil Wickremesinghe, had visited Singapore on separate occasions recently. (Colombo Gazette)