TISL complains to Elections Commissioner:

RDA staff used for election propaganda work



Transparency International Sri Lanka says that it has complained to Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya about more than 300 officers and other staff attached to the Road Development Authority, which functions under the Ministry of Road Development, being used for election propaganda work.


In a letter to the Commissioner, TISL has given details unearthed by the Program for Protection of Public Resources (PPPR) on how these officers and staff has been utilised for election work. TISL has requested The Commissioner to inquire into the matter and find out whether the relevant officers have been granted official leave and an allowance as well.


The letter sent by TISL’s Executive Director, S. Ranugge said: PPPR has received photographs and videos evidence of staff attached to the Road Development Authority (RDA) carrying out campaigning activities in several districts including Puttalam, Matara, Galle, Vavuniya and Ratnapura. According to the information received, this entire exercise is an order made by higher authorities and thus the workers have no choice but to carry out the propaganda related work. As such the PPPR network witnessed RDA officers in uniform pasting posters in several districts.


"TISL’s Program for Protection of Public Resources (PPPR) earnestly request you to pay immediate attention to this misuse of public officials and public property and take necessary remedial action in order to conduct a free and fair election".


TISL has also made the following observations:


Misuse of school buildings


It was observed that several school buildings have been used for the promotional campaigns of the presidential candidate from the UPFA, Mahinda Rajapaksa.


Kirulapona


On November 30, SLFP’s Colombo East electorate coordinator hosted a party rally at Mahamathya Maha Vidyalaya in Kirulapona. More than 100 electoral members have participated in this meeting. Handbills and flyers carrying an image of the President were distributed during the meeting.


Polonnaruwa


On November 30, there was a meeting at Ananda Balika Vidyalaya in Hingurakgoda for the members of the Civil Security Force in Polonnaruwa district to promote candidacy of the UPFA presidential candidate. The workshop was hosted by the Civil Security Force.


Eheliyagoda


An UPFA campaign meeting was held in Iddamalgoda Vidyalaya in Eheliyagoda. According to the information received, the said campaign was organized by the Minister for Power & Energy, Mrs. Pavithra Wanniarachchi.


Nuwara Eliya


On November 30, another election campaign was held with the participation of Minister Arumugam Thondaman at the Kotagala CLF College. Several announcements have been made there requesting the participants to vote for the presidential candidate representing the UPFA.


PPPR has requested the Election Commissioner to take immediate action to stop using school building for election campaigning, as there is a great possibility of it recurring in the coming days with the advent of the school holidays.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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