Commonwealth Observers call for regulated campaign spending and party financing.
Posted on August 19th, 2015

Sri Lanka News

The Observer group of the Commonwealth presenting their key findings by observing all aspects related to the General Election held last Monday (17) emphasized the need to regulate campaign spending or  party financing with transparency in party political donors.  There are no regulations laid down in that regard and we believe that if such rules are imposed then it will be in favor of the citizens.”

Other aspect we observed which needs to emphasize the need to establish an independent Election Commission which according to them should be done as a matter of urgency. They also proposed to review the electoral system, legal measures taken to ensure adequate participation and representation of women in politics, revision of campaign methods.

The Commonwealth Observer Group commend that the election was credible and the final outcome reflected the will of the people of Sri Lanka. In a press briefing held today The Chairperson Dr.George Abela mentioned that the General Election held on last Monday was a democratic election and the environment of the election was calm and peaceful compared to elections held in the recent past.

All stakeholders viewed this election environment as remarkably calmer and more peaceful than those witnessed in the past,” said Abela.

The Chairperson appreciated the role played by the Election Commissioner, He was committed to a fair campaign environment” he said. Abela also expressed his gratitude over the proactive and even-handed approach of The Police department and all the officials contributed to conduct a free and fair election.

Interim statement issued by the of the Commonwealth Observer Group further states that the voters were able to exercise their franchise freely in a peaceful environment and they have also mentioned that the vote and preference counting was conducted transparently.

The final report will be completed within the next three days and it will be handed over to  the Commonwealth Secretary- General  and then to the government of Sri Lanka.

2 Responses to “Commonwealth Observers call for regulated campaign spending and party financing.”

  1. SA Kumar Says:

    Commonwealth Observers call for regulated campaign spending and party financing.- Who ask these outsider opinion ?
    Are We living in Ceylon or Mother Lanka ???

  2. Fran Diaz Says:

    Common wealth observers should have noted this. This is just one instance that got caught. How many were not caught.
    One wonders how many false ballot papers were used in the election.

    http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=police-legal/fake-ballot-papers-seized-kantale

    Fake ballot papers seized in Kantale
    A stack of fake ballot papers had been seized from a store belonging to a UNP candidate in Kantale last morning, Police Spokesman ASP Ruwan Gunasekara said.

    The raid had been carried out after an Assistant Elections Commissioner had informed Kantale Police OIC about fake ballot papers.

    The store is located near the Clock Tower junction in Kantale.

    According to the Police Spokesman 14,989 fake ballot papers were found inside the store.

    One suspect has been arrested in connection with the incident.

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