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Sixty five percent of the candidates contesting the forthcoming Provincial Council Elections have tendered their asset and liability statements, Senior Manager, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), Shan Wijetunga said today.'

As of the initial deadline of August 30 given by the Elections Commissioner, only two percent of all candidates had given their statements and since the deadline was extended, it had increased to thirty percent by September 07 and now stands at sixty five percent as of September 16.

The remaining 35 percent which are yet to hand in such statements are from smaller parties which are coming forward in support of the major parties Mr. Wijetunga said, adding that of the main parties only 2 percent of the UNP and 2-5 percent of the TNA are yet to submit their respective statements.

“There has been a very positive response from the candidates this time, and there is a large increase compared with the last Provincial Council Election. We hope that this trend will continue to the presidential and parliamentary elections as well,” Mr Wijetunga said.

The Elections Commissioner stated previously that all candidates who do not tender a statement of their assets and liabilities will not appear on the gazette even if they do go on to win and that such candidates will not be allowed to resume their duties in their respective Provinces.

Speaking on the TISL campaign against the misuse of public property for elections Mr. Wijetunga said that the TISL has made complaints of 22 misuses to the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and added that investigations will commence soon and that the TISL will come forward to give evidence once the investigations are concluded..(Jehan Gunasekara)
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  • tony Saturday, 21 September 2013 06:41 AM

    what about the balance 35%. are they still eligible to contest

    Ari Thursday, 19 September 2013 09:17 PM

    The current practice of receiving these asset and liability statements after nomination papers have been accepted ought to be changed. It would be more appropriate to make it obligatory for the candidates to submit them along with their nomination papers.

    Mason Friday, 20 September 2013 06:19 AM

    The rules should be strictly enforced, whether it is a small or large party that is contesting the polls. He or she must be removed from the ballot paper.
    This is the first step and will to a certain extent control bribery and corruption of the politicians.

    fazlyfazlyzly Friday, 20 September 2013 01:11 AM

    ofcourse,, the declaration will come... who was to be dragged before a court of law and get penalised and miss the chances of reaping benefits, after a hard fought election victory!

    Kiris Baba Amaray Friday, 20 September 2013 02:35 AM

    This is a clear picture of illegal wealth possessed by the ruling party battas. Every Tom and Harry had filled their pockets with the public money, no doubt at all.

    zuh Friday, 20 September 2013 12:00 AM

    ask them reveal it after their terms. via DM Android App

    Bush1 Friday, 20 September 2013 04:27 AM

    The remaining 35% are Lawless and should be Fined

    bandara Friday, 20 September 2013 04:47 AM

    What an empty statement by TISL. Do something productive please. Do I, voters know by now who declared their assets? Did TISL tell us who they are and verified their assets as true?


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