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Sri Lankan politicians use religion for votes

Activists complain about general election campaigning at places of worship

UCA News reporter, Colombo

UCA News reporter, Colombo

Published: July 23, 2020 08:33 AM GMT

Updated: July 23, 2020 08:34 AM GMT

Sri Lankan politicians use religion for votes

Sri Lankan public health officials and medical workers wait to cast postal ballots on July 13 for Sri Lanka's parliamentary election. (Photo: AFP)

Nuwan Sameera Perera says that many candidates contesting Sri Lanka's forthcoming parliamentary election are using religious places to hold electoral campaigns and are exploiting the Easter Sunday bombings to gain power.

Perera, a victim of the 2019 Easter attacks, said political campaigns are carried out at places of worship and some religious leaders permit such propaganda activities.

“The media is highlighting different stories about the Easter Sunday attacks. We also experienced a similar campaign during the presidential election last year, but there is still no justice for the victims,” he said. 

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"Politicians use religious venues, especially large Buddhist temples, for media briefings to gain more votes." 

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