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Colombo:  European Union (EU) election observers on Saturday called for more transparency in Sri Lanka’s electoral process and suggested a few measures for credible and acceptable elections in future.

Releasing the final report here on the August 17 Parliamentary Elections, Chief Observer Cristian Preda highlighted that electoral laws in Sri Lanka could be reviewed to allow direct campaigning, to develop parties finance rules to ensure a level field between candidates and to require that the parties nominate candidates for national list seats before elections, so that voters can anticipate the result of their votes, reported Xinhua.

Preda also underlined the need to introduce temporary special measures to increase the representation of women in politics and in key positions in the public sector.

“The elections were well-administered and offered voters a genuine choice from among a broad range of political alternatives; and, according to most interlocutors, these were the most peaceful and efficiently conducted elections in the country’s recent history,” he said.

The final report by the EU contains a detailed analysis of the electoral process in the light of international standards for democratic elections and the Sri Lankan law.

It also includes a total of 26 recommendations for future elections in the areas of the legal framework, electoral administration, voter registration, campaign environment, complaints and appeals, gender equality, media, voter education and election observation.

Furthermore, it points out the necessity of including in the legal framework the right of domestic and international observers to observe all stages of the electoral process.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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    EU are more interested in Sri Lanka only for cultural purposes,let them leave the country

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Permission to Cover N-Site Closure is Denied by South Korea

North Korean authorities on Tuesday morning denied permission to South Korean journalists to attend the dismantling of their nuclear base scheduled to take place between May 23-25.

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North Korean authorities on Tuesday morning denied permission to South Korean journalists to attend the dismantling of their nuclear base scheduled to take place between May 23-25.

Pyongyang had originally invited the South Korean media along with those from Russia, the US, the UK, and China, but the South Korean journalists’ list was rejected on Tuesday, Efe news reported quoting Seoul’s Ministry of Unification.

Members of a news agency and a South Korean television network had travelled to Beijing to fly to North Korea from there on Tuesday to attend the dismantling ceremony.

The Ministry in a statement said it regretted Pyongyang’s decision but despite the setback, it will continue working towards cooperating with Pyongyang and improving US-North Korea ties.

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The announcement of the closure of the Punggye-ri base came during the inter-Korean summit, when Pyongyang pledged to work towards total denuclearisation, after claiming that it would stop its weapons tests.

Pyongyang, which announced that it wanted the closure to be made public with the presence of foreign journalists, has conducted six underground nuclear tests, including the last and most powerful in September 2017.

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The latest cancellation is a new setback after last week when Pyongyang abruptly suspended a high-level meeting with Seoul after accusing it of holding joint military exercises with the US.

Kim Jong-un’s regime also said that holding the summit with US President Donald Trump would be uncertain due to the pressure from the White House on the denuclearisation model that it wants to impose on North Korea. (IANS)

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