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President Maithripala Sirisena last week raised concerns over increasing content which incites communal and racial hatred on social media platforms, the Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PRCCR) said.

The President had made this observation when he met with the representatives of the committee on March 15.

Chairman of the PRCCR, Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijenayake added that according to President Sirisena, most of the content were published targeting the people of the South.

The President called on the civil society to explain the Constitution to the people of the South during its preparatory stages and to enlighten them, he observed. During the meeting, the committee relayed to President Sirisena that what the people of the country, across the board, from the North and the South, wanted, was twofold: reconciliation and the democratization of the State, he pointed out.

Although democracy is there at present in the country it must be further guaranteed through the Constitution, he mentioned.

“We told the President that we had visited all 25 Districts and that we spent eight days in Colombo and two days each in the other Districts. We are currently planning to meet the independent commissions, religious leaders and the Chief Ministers of the nine Provinces. Our report will be given by the end of April,” Wijenayake mentioned.