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Commonwealth to monitor Sri Lankan presidential elections

The Commonwealth is deploying a team to monitor the presidential election in Sri Lanka. 

The Commonwealth Observer Group will judge whether the election has been conducted in line with Sri Lanka’s election-related legislation as well as relevant regional, Commonwealth and international commitments.

The ten member team will assess all factors affecting the credibility of the electoral process by considering the the pre-electoral environment, the voting process, counting and tabulation procedures, and the result announcement.

The independent group will submit a report to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, which will then be shared with the Government of Sri Lanka, its Electoral Commission, political parties and all Commonwealth Governments. It will then be available to the public.

Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland ,said that “conducting credible, inclusive and peaceful elections where citizens can choose their leaders and representatives freely is fundamental to a healthy democracy, and is enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter.”

The team will be on the ground in Colombo from November 10-22. 

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