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)