The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) called on the government and all other political parties to accurately assess the complex crisis which is being emerged in the country and arrive at a consensus, without delaying an election in which the sovereign power of the people will be properly exercised.
Issuing a statement yesterday (15), the chairman of the NMSJ, former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya observed that the country should be led to a path that allows real governance in the referendum by preserving the sovereign power of the people, adding that it will be an opportunity to showcase good governance.
"We emphasise that all the political forces must understand the serious nature of the destruction that may occur if the country is led towards a political anarchy in the face of the serious economic crisis that we are facing at present. We appeal to all parties not to push the country to such a tragic abyss under any circumstance.
The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) is an organisation that stands for democracy, freedom and rights of the people. The NMSJ advocates for the belief that the future of Sri Lanka will be secured only through good governance with the rule of law established in a strong democratic governance system. That is why we are constantly standing up against the Executive President-based governance system, which creates an arbitrary power, and for a strong Parliamentary tradition that values the accountability and active intervention of people's representatives.
We do not support any action that weakens the sovereign power of the people, and will always support a governance structure based on the people's opinion. Towards that end, we accept that the provincial council (PC) election, which has been delayed for a long time, and the local government (LG) election, for which nominations have been called, should be held properly. We also do not agree with the current system of appointing an excessive number of members to the LG bodies, imposing an unnecessary burden on the country.
Therefore, it is the Government's responsibility not to further develop the dark tendencies that are being created by referring to the correct assessment of the problematic situations that arise. It will also be the responsibility of all the political forces of the Opposition to make sure that the country is not pushed towards anarchy in the face of such emerging crises.
Accordingly, we request the Government and all other political parties to accurately assess the complex crisis which is being emerged in the country and arrive at a consensus, without delaying an election in which the sovereign power of the people will be properly exercised and the opportunity for good governance will be provided through the public opinion expressed thereby."