Pre-polls transfers promotions thwarted

By Ranil Dharmasena

Due to the elections complaints unit intervening, seven transfers and promotions granted to government servants, following the announcement of forthcoming Provincial Council elections, have been annulled.

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya had decreed that no recruitment, promotions or transfers could be effected in any government institution until the proposed elections in the Northern, Central and North-Western Province were over.

Among the transfers effected were thise at two depots in the Kurunegala district, two transfers in State institution in Kandy and a promotion given to an employee at a Zonal Education office in Nuwara Eliya.

A spokesman for the unit said that it received 87 complaints and of them 86 were against the UPFA and they were about clashes between same party factions.

There were also 16 complaints on using state vehicles for private purposes, 13 on making use of government servants for elections related work and 12 against distribution of goods.

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