Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Calls for Democratic and Peaceful Poll

Jan 25, 2010, 11:49 ET from Government of Sri Lanka

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following statement is being issued on behalf of President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka:

"I have decided to call for a Presidential election, two years prior to the completion of my term as I have the fullest confidence in and respect for democracy. 

"All campaigning for this election is now concluded. It is a duty and responsibility of all citizens of our country who value democracy to extend their fullest co-operation to the Commissioner of Elections to conduct a free and fair election.

"All necessary instructions have been given by me for the maintenance of law and order. I call upon you to go early tomorrow (26) to your polling station and cast your vote. 

"I respectfully call upon our people to safeguard democracy and the dignity of the motherland by united, resolute, calm and peaceful behavior to ensure Sri Lanka's position in the community of nations as one that respects human rights and protects democracy."

This has been distributed by Qorvis Communications, LLC on behalf of the government of Sri Lanka.  More information is available at the United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC.

SOURCE Government of Sri Lanka