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Catholic Bishops’ Conference say::

‘Ensure ethnic, religious co-existence

Leaders should commit themselves to ensuring that religious extremism and racism is eradicated and peaceful co-existence among all ethnic and religious groups is vigorously pursued, urges the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in a special statement on the forthcoming Presidential Election.

The country’s Roman Catholic community’s leadership says in the statement:

“The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka wishes to draw the attention of the citizens of the country to discern wisely and courageously on the choice of the Presidential

Candidate who should be a person of integrity to work in close collaboration with all to safeguard the freedom and rights of the people, uphold the democratic principles and work for the sustainable development of the country. The President of the country should rise above party politics.

“Given the brutal attacks suffered by innocent people on Eastern Sunday we also urge our leaders to commit themselves to ensuring that religious extremism and racism is eradicated and peaceful coexistence among all ethnic and religious groups in our country is vigorously pursued.

“We expect the future President and the Government to formulate National policies regarding: Religious Freedom, National Security, Health, Eduction, Economy and Responsible Management of Natural Resources meant to serve succeeding generations, to ensure sustainable development of the country. We earnestly appeal to all future political leaders to guarantee justice for all citizens who are equal before the law irrespective of their status or positions. “Corruption has been the root cause for the setbacks in the development of the country resulting in suffering and poverty of many a people. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the future President and leades to take drastic measures to eradicate corruption at all levels.

“The Church teaches that all citizens should be mindful of the right and also the duty to use their vote freely to further the common good. Accordingly the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka exhort all Catholics and citizens to exercise their sacred and democratic right to cast their vote at the forthcoming election. “In the run up to the elections we observe unhealthy trends of violation of election laws. We therefore appeal to the Presidential Candidates, their supporters the social media and all authorities responsible in conducting the elections to strictly adhere to the Election Laws and ensure a free and fair election to safeguard the sovereignty of the people in view of this election.

“It is our prayerful wish that the Elected President and the government will lead our country and its people to true progress.”


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