Sikh Federation – Should the General Election be postponed ?

London – 24 May 2017. Bhai Narinderjit Singh, the General Secretary of the Sikh Federation (UK) responding to the impact of the Manchester terror attack and decision to increase the terror threat level from severe to critical has called on party political leaders to seriously consider postponing the General Election on 8 June.

The last time the General Election was moved was in 2001 when Tony Blair postponed polling day by an entire month because of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease which resulted in restrictions on movement in rural areas.

The country should not be going to the polls with the terror threat set at its highest level and with troops on the streets.

Bhai Narinderjit Singh said:

“Although it is not straightforward party leaders should come together, suspend campaigning for a week and agree to postpone the General Election by two weeks.”

“Election campaigning has rightly been temporarily suspended in a show of respect for the young people killed and injured. However, terrorists should be sent a strong and powerful message that our democratic process will not be compromised by their threats.”

“Suspending campaigning for a week and postponing the General Election by two weeks would show that whilst terrorism can cause disruption it cannot change our way of thinking, values and democracy.”

He continued:

“As further information is emerging regarding the Manchester terror bombing and how best to protect the public against suicide attacks it is not just about deploying troops to increase security to avoid an imminent attack that normally signals a critical threat level.”

“We must show respect for the children killed and allow time for the families and nation to grieve. A postponement would signal the need to deal with the imminent threat and get back to normal cause of business as soon as possible to declare terrorism will never succeed.”

“The General Election is fundamental to our democratic rights and too important for it to be disrupted by terrorists in this way. Safety and security of the public is critical at this point in time and a postponement would be the best way to indicate our democratic process and the rule of law will continue.”

With just two weeks to go before the General Election the current suspension of campaigning should not be used by any politicians as an excuse at a later date and a postponement of two weeks is the respectable and appropriate measure to take.

Gurjeet Singh
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)

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