Maha Sangha desires a peaceful poll

By L.B.Senaratne

The Mahanayakes of the four Chapters in a statement issued under their signature say that the Presidential election in Sri Lanka, should be conducted peacefully and be an example to the whole world bringing credit and honour to the country.

The statement is signed by Venerable Tibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera the Mahanayake of the Malwatta Chapter, Venerable Udugama Sri Ratnapala Buddharakitha Thera, Mahanayake of the Asgiriya Chapter, Venerable Weweldeniye Medhalankara Thera, Mahanayake of the Ramannya Nikaya and Venerable Dauldena Gnanissara Thera, Mahanayake of the Amarapura Nikaya.

From left: Ven. Dauldena Ganissara Thera, Ven.Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddartha Sumangala Thera, Ven. Udugama Sri Ratnapala Buddharakkitha Thera and Ven. Weveldeniye Medalankara Thera

The statement further states it is the duty of all people to act in such a manner so as to preserve the peace in this prestigious election of choosing a person on January 26, 2010, to hold the honorable position of President of this country.

They further state that it is the duty of all who have come forward to contest the prestigious position of President of this country, to secure the sovereignty and unity of the country, which had been won with the blessings of the Maha Sangha and the masses of the country, with the unstinted determination of the Commanders of the Armed Services, the ability of the Ranaviru and by their personal sacrifice and under the directions of the Government.

The Mahanayakes state that election violence is recorded daily, where houses and Government property are damaged, assaults on persons are carried out, baseless allegations are made against persons, character assassinations are indulged in and highly dangerous criminal offences are committed.

These should be immediately stopped. The Inspector General of Police and Police officers should act impartially. The Elections Commissioner and his staff should also act with impartiality in the face of this situation.

The Theras have also pointed out that everyone should avoid anti-democratic acts and look forward to a united and peace loving country.

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