The Voice of Citizens (Purawesi handa) organisation urges the NPP and other alternative forces to unite under the umbrella of democracy and support the Democratic National Front candidate Sajith Premadasa at the Presidential election to defeat the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna.
If the DNF is defeated, Sri Lanka will face a grim future and the process of state and democratic reform will be stopped.
Speaking at a press conference held this evening (22 Oct) in Colombo, the Co-Convener of Voice of Citizens Prof Athulasiri Samarakoon said that many international experts have already said that the 2019 presidential election might be the last democratic election in Sri Lanka’s history.
Further, he said that all the leftist, right-wing and nationalist parties in Sri Lanka have failed to understand the decisiveness of this election.
Samarakoon said that some media agencies are promoting racism and dictatorship, and added that it was through democratic institutions that dictators like Adolf Hitler and Muammar Gaddafi emerged.
He also said that on the other side UNF which is represented by Premadasa and NPP represented by Anura Kumara Dissanayake are standing for democratic reforms in the country.
He went onto say that at the moment the NPP, UNF, NPM and all other democratic forces remain divided and are attacking each other opening a wide space for Gotabaya to win.
“The dangers of a dictatorship are that all state services, the judicial system and the individual freedom would be affected,” he added
Prof Samarakoon also said that the yet the courts have not made it clear whether Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a Sri Lankan or an American citizen and the media isn’t questioning him regarding the issue.
But media promoting racist ideology questioned the intentions and actions of Gamini Viyangoda and Chandraguptha Thenuwara when they questioned Gotabaya’s citizenship.
Also speaking at the press conference the Organiser of the group, Dr Palitha Sri Giganage said that although national security has become the main topic talked about in every election stage, politicians have been able to plant the thought in the minds of the people that they only need a military control,