Former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera today cautioned the Government against rushing into an election saying the sacrifices made by the people of the country by staying in their homes for a month will be wasted if an election is held at this juncture.
“On the day the people of this country feel 100 per cent safe leaving their homes and the Election Commission, Health authorities, other responsible officials and the Government can give an all-clear, that day we can hold the election,” Samaraweera said in a statement .
He said an election does not only entail people going out and casting their vote but there must be room for candidates to campaign freely so that they can reach out to voters.
“I am not willing to contest an election over the dead bodies of the people. Every candidate contesting this election must work according to their conscience and ask themselves if they are willing to sacrifice people's lives for an election,” he said.
Samaraweera added the opposition is not willing to indefinitely postpone the election but wants it delayed until there is 100 per cent assurance that the situation is favorable for such an excercise.
“The President has the power to reconvene Parliament. He can do so, and we assure him that we will give the necessary approval to obtain additional funds to deal with this situation,” he said.