The Elections Commission has taken a strong stand against misuse of public property in election propaganda and illegal appointments made to the state sector after polls was declared.
The Commission today transferred two officials attached to the Skills Development and Vocational Training Ministry to the Public Administration Ministry over charges of unauthorized appointments after the declaration of the general election.
According to election department sources these two have been involved in issuing fresh job appointments after polls was declared. The appointment letters have been back dated to escape detection.
Also officials are currently conducting probes related to illegal appointments made at the Fisheries and Health Ministries.
Meanwhile acting on a complaint by the Election commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya, President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday transferred the secretary of the Ministry of Posts Abdul Majeed to the Ministry of Public Administration.
According to election department sources he had been transferred due to the use of ministry vehicles in election campaigning. M.H.A.Haleem, is the Minister in charge of the subject and he is contesting the general election as a UNP candidate from the Kandy district.
Meanwhile Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya also has sent a letter to Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake requesting the UNP Colombo district candidate to explain the nature of the donation of a house during polls period to the family of a woman who died during the recent shooting incident at Bloemendhal road, Colombo.
Unidentified gunmen fired at supporter of Karunanayake who were campaigning in the area killing a Muslim woman a mother of three and another Sinhala youh. Eleven others were injured.
The deceased woman’s children had told media after the incident that she had gone campaigning for Karunanayake in order to obtain a proper house.
The Commissioner had sent a letter to Karunanayake after National Freedom Front (NFF) member Kapila Gamage filed a complaint claiming Karunanayake’s donation amounts to an election bribe.
Meanwhile a representative of Transparency international said that UPFA Kurunegala district candidate Sujani Maheshika, the daughter of Gunadasa Dehigama the Minister for Northwestern Provincial Road Development and Transport was using the provincial council vehicles for election campaigning.
He said that the misuse of PC vehicles has been reported to election authorities.
Meanwhile elections department has received over 1100 complaints regarding election law violations and out of them 180 have been unlawful appointments, promotions and transfers within the public service.
The General elections will be held on August 17.