Holding the Presidential and General Elections at the same time is the sole option to identify the mandate of the people, Campaign for Free and Fair Election (CaFFE) Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said.
He was addressing the media at his office in Rajagiriya yesterday.
Tennakoon said that the things done by the President recently questioned whether the mandate given to the President in 2015 is still valid. The people are speaking today against him.
Those who are supporting him now were in other factions who refused him then. Therefore, there is an issue of the validity of the mandate given to him, he said.
“UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe hired candidates when he was unable to win an election. Though it matches with their party politics, it is not suitable for the country’s democracy,” he said.
He said that if the court ruling on the petitions on dissolution of Parliament received by Monday positively, a general election can be held by the second week of February. President Mathiripala Sirisena’s term in office completes four years by January 9, 2019. The President also can go for a Presidential election after four years. Therefore, it is possible to hold both elections together and recheck the mandate, he said.