What is at stake at this Presidential election is the survival of the democratic way of life and basic values entrenched in the democratic system of Government, said Export Development and Internal Trade Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris speaking at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party district office opening at Sitinamaluwa, Beliatta in Hambantota.
Ports and Civil Aviation, Irrigation and Water Management Minister Chamal Rajapaksa presided.
Minister Prof. Peiris said the smooth functioning of Sri Lanka`s constitutional system takes a firm and stable relationship among a variety of institutions including the Executive Presidency, Parliament and the Cabinet of Ministers for granted.
The party system provides the cement which binds these institutions together. He said all these assumptions, essential for stability and continuity, are seriously eroded by the unprecedented situation involving a Presidential candidate not linked to any political party of his own and dependent for support on a number of political parties unable to agree even on the fundamentals of economic policy and other vital sectors of governance.
Prof. Peiris observed that the public should reflect on the implications of such a situation and the inevitable impact on stable and effective Government.
`This will be nothing shout of a calamity in a situation where the primary need is confidence generated by political stability to derive the fullest benefit from the enduring peace ushered in after the eradication of terrorism,` he concluded.
Minister Chamal Rajapaksa emphasised the importance of a systematic and professional campaign and called on all political activists of the party to attend to their duties with the greatest commitment and dedication. He said that President Rajapaksa had begun his political career from the Beliatta area and that the people of the area had given him support and strength throughout his career.
He outlined the program of work to be carried forward during the next few weeks. Minister of Water Supply Mahinda Amaraweera described the development work which had been carried out in the area during the last few years and said that the life of the community had been transformed beyond recognition as a result of this work.
Provincial Council and Pradeshiya Sabha members also participated in a discussion about the program to be implemented.