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Committee to monitor if political parties are named after racial or religious basis

The Elections Commission has reached a decision to appoint a committee to monitor if political parties that are being registered were named with religious or racial basis, Elections Commissioner Saman Sri Ratnayake said.

The five-member committee is to be headed by an Additional Elections Commissioner and would look into and report whether registered political parties had been named on religious or racial basis.

He stated that the decision was taken at the meeting of the Elections Commission held yesterday.

The Committee will also look into whether the constitutions of the registered recognized political parties include clauses related to religious or racial matters.