Free and fair election in Sri Lanka is the US interest

The United States is interested in assuring a free and fair election and not working with any particular party, Ambassador Robert Blake said when commenting this morning after a meeting with Dayananda Dissanayake, Sri Lanka’s Election Commissioner.

He denied allegations in Colombo media that the United States and perhaps other western countries might be working with political parties to determine the outcome of the upcoming provincial elections.

[Ambassador Robert Blake, file pic]

Full text of the Statement by US Ambassador Robert Blake:

Good morning! How are you?

Let me just make a brief statement to say that I appreciated very much the opportunity to meet with the Elections Commissioner this morning. The United States takes a strong interest in free and fair elections around the world including here in Sri Lanka.

This is my second meeting with the Elections Commissioner. I previously had the pleasure of talking to him before the eastern council elections that took place earlier this year. And I must say he is somebody with a deep experience in supervising elections and he gave me a very detailed and impressive briefing on the steps that he and his team are taking to ensure free and fair elections.

And let me also say that I saw in some of the press this morning that there are allegations that the United States and perhaps other western countries might be working with one or another political parties. That is absolutely not true. United States is strictly neutral in every election around the world. And we are certainly not working with any particular party. Our interest is in assuring a free and fair election – and one that is free of violence. And based on what I have heard from the Elections Commissioner I think that he and his team are taking a lot of steps to ensure that outcome. So, again I want to thank him for his time. I think that is all I need to say.

Thank you very much.

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