The opposition parties on Tuesday said that the motive behind Elections Commission (EC)’s all-party talks is still not clear.
EC has stated that the meetings are being held to provide information related to the upcoming presidential election, monitoring and regulating political parties and to understand the concerns of parties.
In a press release on Tuesday, the opposition parties said EC sent the parties letters stating that they plan to hold discussions regarding the monitoring and regulating of political parties.
However the opposition said that political parties will be regulated under the constitution and that EC’s true motive is not clear as they have been committing many actions violating the law.
“In the letter sent to the parties, Elections Commission said they wish to hold discussions regarding the monitoring and regulating of political parties. However, on media they are stating that the all-party discussions are being scheduled to give information about the upcoming presidential election. Therefore, it is not clear what their true motive is”, the statement read.
The opposition also noted that EC is attempting to gather confidential information gathered for the private use of the parties when all necessary details needed by EC have already been submitted by the parties. The opposition accused EC of gathering inside information on the parties to help President Abdulla Yameen win the election.
The parties also noted that the sum allotted for political parties in the State Budget, which has to be given during the first three months of each year, has not yet been given. The government is constantly obstructing opposition activities and EC is not working to provide equal opportunities for all the parties, the statement read.
The opposition called on EC to work within the legal framework in the Constitution and not to manipulate the authority given to them. They also called on EC to stop obstructing the rights given to the parties by law.
Although the opposition parties have stated that they would not attend the all-party discussions scheduled by EC, EC said no party has officially declined the invitation so far. EC also said they hope the parties would continue to cooperate with them as they had on previous occasions.