|Northern election an opportunity to return to political plurality - Defence Secretary|
|Friday, 06 September 2013|
The most crucial steps towards the restoration of normalcy in the North and East was the revival of the democratic process through the restoration of elections and the return of political plurality, Defence Secretary said yesterday.
Delivering the Keynote Address yesterday (03) as Guest of Honour at the third annual Defence Seminar 2013 organized by the Sri Lanka Army, Secretary Rajapaksa pointed out that the most essential task of the government in this regard is to ensure that all Sri Lankans have the same opportunities and unobstructed access to state services, and that they are empowered to seek better futures for themselves in a peaceful, stable and rapidly developing democracy.
The Defence Secretary said that the opposition parties including the main opposition UNP, Tamil party TNA and the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, as well as ruling party SLFP are all freely contesting in the upcoming provincial council elections in the Northern Province later this month shows that political plurality is firmly established in this region.
Full text of the Statement
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