TISL monitors misuse of State property during provincial elections

Tuesday, 6 August 2013 00:00 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has initiated a program to monitor and investigate abuse of public property by political parties, candidates, officials or public institutions during the forthcoming provincial elections. TISL’s present initiative is a continuation of the Program to Protect Public Resources (PPPR) done during the General Elections in 2001, 2004 and 2010 and the Presidential Elections in 2005 and 2010. The objective is to prevent the misuse of public resources like Government vehicles, SLTB buses and public buildings such as schools and regional offices. Further, TISL will monitor public officials engaging in political campaigns. TISL considers that elections are one of main pillars of the national integrity system and credibility of elections mainly depends on the commitment of officials, especially those on duty on the polling day. TISL strongly believes that all officials are highly committed to maintain the integrity of the elections, despite political pressure attempting to prevent those taking measures against malpractices. Parallel to this program, Shelter for Integrity, an Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) of TISL, will conduct a program to assist the officials who are willing to stand against malpractices and ensure integrity during the provincial elections. Shelter for Integrity provides legal advice and guidance for people who are willing to fight against corruption and administrative malpractices. The Centre has already gained recognition among the citizens and recorded around 1,500 complaints during the first year of its existence. Shelter for Integrity will also assist voters to seek either legal or administrative redresses against their grievances, if any, during the forthcoming provincial elections. TISL requests the public to send information on abuse of public property during the election period by dialling 11513313/ 115627432/114369781.