The March 12 Movement, made up of a wide range of civil society organizations, has organized a public dialogue between Presidential candidates and citizens on October 5, to foster accountability in politics.
The event on October 5 will also see the introduction of 3, 000 citizen reporters from AFRIEL, a partner organization in the March 12 Movement, to strengthen election monitoring during the upcoming election period.
The March 12 Movement is an organization made up of PAFFREL, CMEV, Transparency International, national youth movements, representatives from Enable Sri Lanka, and other academics, thought leaders and CSOs.
This is the first time civil society organisations in Sri Lanka (CSOs) have come together for an event of this nature. CMEV National Coordinator Manjula Gajanayake, addressing the press at a media briefing this morning said the was a historic event in Sri Lanka.
AFRIEL Executive Director Ravindra De Silva elucidated on the importance of civil society organizations working together in this manner, towards a common goal and vision for the country. He also spoke on the need to enable and empower youth to act on behalf of their communities.
Enable Lanka Co-Founder Janith Rukmal drew attention to the fact that the10% of disabled Sri Lankans are a minority often overlooked in the political process. He said that with his participation in the October 5 event, he hoped to hold presidential aspirants to the promise of a more inclusive Sri Lanka.
The October 5 mega event, entitled ‘Presidential Election 2019—Public Platform will be held at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium on October 5, from 3 PM to 5 PM. An estimated 4, 000 citizens are expected at the event and organizers invited more civic conscious citizens to participate in the process.