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Despite campaign finance law: ‘Parties have already financed campaigns 50%’

Despite campaign finance law: ‘Parties have already financed campaigns 50%’

11 Jul 2024 | BY Sumudu Chamara

  • PAFFREL calls for enforcement of 2023’s Regulation of Election Expenditure Act 3-months ahead of polls 

Although the election finance law (Regulation of Election Expenditure Act, No. 3 of 2023) is in effect – since it becomes enforceable only after the submission of nominations – activists expressed concerns that political parties, including the Ruling and Opposition parties, have already allegedly funded more than 50% of their election campaigns.

“Therefore, if the candidates’ election expenditure law is to be successful in practicality, it should be enforceable from at least three months before the declaration of elections,” the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) Executive Director Rohana Hettiarachchi said yesterday (10) during a media briefing. 

Hettiarachchi further alleged that the Government is taking various steps, misusing its power, to create a favourable environment for the Government and President Ranil Wickremesinghe. Pointing out how Governors and Local Government politicians have been appointed to oversee development activities at the Provincial level – which Hettiarachchi opined is based on political motives – he urged the relevant parties including the Government to take immediate steps to reverse these decisions.

He emphasised that the Election Commission has the powers to take action against the misuse of State powers and properties for political advantages, and that the necessary steps should be taken.

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