The following appeal has been made to the people and the Government by the Most Venerable Agga Maha Panditha Kotugoda Dhammawasa Anunayaka Thera, President of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Sangha Sabha with the approval of the Most Venerable Davuldena Sri Gnanissara Mahanayake Thera, Supreme Patriarch of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Sect and other Mahanayakas and Lekhakaadikari Theras of the Chapters.
Sri Lanka is a country with a very long history dating back to pre-Buddhist times. Evidence of it is found in ancient Indian literature and Jataka tales.
This island - which the Buddha visited thrice - became even a more civilized Buddhist nation after the reign of King Devanampiyatissa.
Since then Kings and Ministers who ruled the country safeguarded the State and the people by facing problems relating to local and foreign issues, with patience and wisdom as advised by the Maha Sangha.
Today, the country s administrative framework is based on the internationally accepted democratic norms. Accordingly, people elect rulers of their choice and a parliament of elected representatives is entrusted with administering the country. This week the people will elect a candidate to the office of the President, which is constitutionally the country s highest position. In this most important task political party leaders have been educating the public on their policies so that they will make their choice intelligently.
In this context the two main candidates Mahinda Rajapaksa and General (retired) Sarath Fonseka have a special responsibility. Both the audio and visual media have been reporting countrywide incidents of election violence, clashes, conflicts and disharmony almost daily. The more the people hear of such incidents the greater will be the tension in the country.
Hence, the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Sangha Sabha most earnestly appeal to the two main candidates and other candidates as well as all political parties to take immediate steps to prevent such violence and breach of the peace.
The same view is shared also by the Siam and Ramanna Sects. Furthermore, following recent discussions Buddhist, Hindu, Christian and Muslim leaders too decided that both the public and the government should be urged to ensure that the election is conducted in a peaceful manner.
The Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Sangha Sabha hereby appeal to responsible political leaders and party members to pay their kind attention to preventing violence and securing peace, goodwill and understanding among the people especially after the election. The Maha Sangha Sabha earnestly request voters too to seriously bear this in mind.