New EC committee to weed out ‘religious, racial’ parties
Parties named on the basis of religious, ethnic and racial identities under microscope
By Dinitha Rathnayake and Mihi Perera
The Election Commission has decided to appoint an internal committee to monitor whether political parties that are being registered are named on the basis of religious, ethnic and racial identities, and to thereby streamline political parties, Elections Commissioner General 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 the basis of religious, ethnic and racial identities, and also whether the same was the case with parties seeking registration.
Speaking to The Morning, he said that the decision was taken at the meeting of the Election Commission held on 30 March.
The committee will also look into whether the constitutions of the registered and recognised political parties include clauses related to religious, ethnic or racial matters.
According to Ratnayake, the committee will look into the 76 political parties currently registered with them and the parties that have sent their applications to register.