POLITICAL LOBBYING – A NECESSARY EVIL
Posted on October 2nd, 2022

Sasanka De Silva,Pannipitiya.

In today’s politics, not only in Sri Lanka but also in other areas of the world, it is difficult to avoid this.

It is the act of making a legal effort to sway the decisions, policies, or actions of public servants, most frequently politicians or employees of regulatory bodies.

People who want to get into politics should be aware that, unless they already have a lot of money to support their campaign, a full-time career politician needs financial support to continue.

Today, there is no such thing as free coffee, as the saying goes. For at least 30 minutes, one must endure a tedious lecture before receiving a free cup of coffee.

Politicians should be conscious of this reality and use considerable caution when choosing what is presented to them, as opposed to accepting everything and afterwards regretting it.

Each person is responsible for providing that protection, but to prevent misuse of the facility, legislative assistance is also necessary.

The first is to mandate the submission of an income and expense statement by everyone over the age of 18, as well as the requirement that all elected officials declare all lobbying support they get in the same manner as they do their personal income tax returns.

This approach is not flawless, but having a system is far preferable to having none at all.

Many young bloods are expected to enter politics in the very near future, and the above recommendations are not to discourage them but to give an extra layer of support to them as well as to the country as a whole.

Sasanka De Silva

Pannipitiya.

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