The Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) has called for foreign election monitors to observe the Northern Provincial Council elections.
CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said that representatives from political parties and the election commissioner discussed the possibility of foreign election monitors observing the elections even before the northern provincial council election was officially announced.
“After the president established the council last week, opposition political parties have renewed their call for impartial foreign monitors. However if these monitors are to conduct proper election monitoring they should be here in time to understand the structural and political context in which the election is conducted,” he said.
CaFFE it is of great importance that foreign observers arrive in the country as the election campaign begins, so that they understand the context, the ground realities and the challenges ahead of the election.
“Without such an understanding the final verdict given might by the observers might be a repeat of the observations they made after the 2008 Eastern Provincial Council election. Therefore CaFFE reiterates the need to invite foreign monitors at the earliest and allow them to understand the context in which the election is conducted and how prevalent structural and immediate issues affect the outcome of an election, “ Tennakoon said.