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Sri Lanka 19th amendement ensured peaceful election: Ranil

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the 19th amendment which set up independent commissions has given the freedom for citizens to have an election without serious violations.

“An election is time for the citizens to elect a new president. Not a time for any violations,” Wickremesinghe said after meeting the Chairman of the Election Commission.

“Especially with the 19th amendment we have protected the freedom and sovereignty of the people in this country,” Wickremesinghe said.

The 19th amendment vested some of the executive powers of the President with independent commissions, such as the Election Commission and the National Police Commission.

He said people should appreciate the Election Commission, Police Department, the military and government officers for the service they are doing in this election.

Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya told reporters after voting ended that there were seven incidents involving minor violence reported on Saturday, which was lower than past elections.

The election commission said there had been 4,769 complaints of breaking election laws since November 8, of which 42 were complaints against violence.

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