Party loyalty should not be sole criterion for election, Sri Lankan bishops say

August 5, 2015 by  
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Sri lanka ElectionsChilaw, August 3, 2015: Sri Lanka’s bishops are appealing to citizens to choose worthy candidates for parliament during the country’s August 17 general election.

The bishops urged citizens to think of present and future generations by electing representatives with great care.

“Loyalty to a party should not be the sole criterion for voting,” said Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, president of the bishops’ conference.

“The Catholic Church has always upheld the importance of electing worthy candidates to the legislature as the people’s representatives,” the bishops said in a July 31 statement.

“Educational background, general culture, integrity and honesty, respect for law and order are qualities that should characterize those who are aspiring to political leadership,” the bishops said.

Bishop Raymond K Wickramasinghe of Galle told ucanews that the bishops wanted to remind citizens of their fundamental responsibility to cast an educated vote.

The statement from the bishops was released amid a recent corruption investigation that saw former minister Basil Rajapaksa — brother of the former president — and several other ministers questioned by the federal Fraud and Corruption Investigation Division.

The Chilaw diocese distributed more than 50,000 leaflets printed in the Sinhala and Tamil languages among its 47 parishes insisting on the importance of casting a vote for a qualified candidate.

“If we fail to select the best candidates being once again blind to an extreme attraction toward one party, no doubt once again we will have to wait another five years to change them,” said Father Jude Shayaman Fernando, who participated in a diocese-led awareness program aimed at community leaders in Chilaw.

– ucan

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