Closer to 60% of the candidates contesting Parliamentary Election have so far submitted their assets and liability declarations according to the information received from the Election offices throughout the island, says Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL).
Elections Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya had instructed all the candidates, including those contesting as Independent to submit their declarations on or before 30th July 2015. The Commissioner has declared that the candidates who do not submit assets and liability declarations will not be issued with candidature identity card.
Interestingly, more than 75% of the candidates from the three major parties Freedom Alliance (UPFA)United National Front & Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna have submitted their assets and liability declarations. All the candidates belong to Janasetha Peramuna have submitted their declarations.
In the Kandy, Nuweraeliya and Trincomalee, districts more than 60% of the candidates have submitted while in few districts including the Matara district less than 50% have submitted their assets & liabilities declarations.
TISL believes in an election declaration of candidates assets and liability is very vital and it’s improves integrity of an election. Hence TISL requests all the candidates who have failed to submit their assets and liability declarations to submit them within the next few days to meet the deadline announced by the Commissioner of Elections.