Four elected candidates of the recently concluded Provincial Council election will not be allowed to assume duties in their respective Councils or have their names appear in the gazette, on account of their failure to submit financial declarations, according to regulations stipulated by the Elections Commissioner.
“The Commissioner wouldn’t reveal their names, but it has been conveyed that these candidates’ names will not be gazetted, and they will not be able to take oaths and assume duties. He firmly said, if they do not eventually submit such documents, they will be taken to court” Transparency International Sri Lanka’s (TISL) Senior Manager ShanWijetunga said.
Despite exceeding the initial deadline of August 30th to submit such documents, candidates having been provided subsequent extensions are now given the final grace period of three months after the election, to intimate these declarations or face consequences of legal action, on the initiative of the Elections Commissioner.(Jehan Gunasekara)
Why give such long extensions of time? The Hon Chief Justice is given a couple of days only to file her details. Are politicians a different kind of breed? This shows the weaknesses in the system and they can get away with anything.
bandara Thursday, 26 September 2013 12:06 PM
Commissioner? may i know please what is your legal procedure for verifying that the submitted financial declarations by each candidate are true or false? interesting your ascertains here.
suresh olagama Saturday, 28 September 2013 03:16 AM
At least this commissioner appears to be doing his job? may the gods ( or the rulers ) show mercy on him!!!!!
james bond Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:03 AM
this is the first election commisioner who is doing his job properly.
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