‘Reveal stance on handing nominations to monks’

2020-01-20 at 09:48

The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence says the main political parties must reveal their stance pertaining to the appeal made by Chief Prelates urging them to refrain from handing out nominations for monks to contest future elections.

Speaking to NewsRadio National Coordinator Manjula Gajanayake said the clergy have a national responsibility outside of politics.

He noted several popular figures including the clergy entered active politics during the past few years.

Gajanayake said however, when analysing such moves, monitors have not observed such individuals serving the masses and carrying-out duties in Parliament.

He claimed the CMEV is of the stance that the clergy must be ahead of the public, and therefore, can fulfil a service greater than Parliamentary duties on a national level.

Gajanayake stressed entering politics is not the only path for the clergy to serve the public.

Manjula Gajanayake further noted the Sri Lanka Freedom Party has already announced nominations will not be given to monks to contest Elections, and the CMEV believes the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna is of the same stance.

He added the United National Party discussed the matter on several occasions as well.