The National Election Commission (NEC) has called for the registration of political parties based on various ethnic and religious ideologies to be stopped in the future, according to the Commission’s top official.
Attorney-at-Law Nimal Punchihewa, the Chairman of the National Elections Commission, told News 1st on Thursday that the NEC is currently conducting discussions in this regard (Mar. 18).
Punchihewa claims that the emphasis is also on changing the names of existing political parties based on ethnicity and religion.
Such political parties will be allocated a reasonable time period to change the existing party name nominated on the basis of various ethnicities and religions, the NEC Chairman pointed out.
The attention was drawn to this matter, taking into account the recommendations of several commission reports including the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the 2019 April 21 Attacks, pertaining to the registration of political parties on national and religious grounds, the Secretary of the National Elections Commission told News 1st.