Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of the United National Party is set to openly avoid election good practices, Colombo Telegraph learns.
The Prime Minister’s office has issued a statement to the media requesting coverage for the ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the ‘Central Expressway’. The event, originally scheduled for August 1, 2015 is now planned for the 3rd of the month.
When Colombo Telegraph asked Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya if this constitutes a violation of election laws since the event is being held during an election and media coverage has been sought, Deshapriya said ‘it could be propaganda that was not sanctioned’ but said he wasn’t sure.
‘If some event had been planned before Parliament was dissolved, then it can be held but with minimal media exposure since it can have the effect of propaganda,’ he said.
Colombo Telegraph learns that this foundation-stone laying ceremony has been hastily organized in that it was not planned before President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament.
“The request for media coverage violates the moral obligation that Ranil Wickremesinghe has towards proper conduct given pledges made to the effect during Sirisena’s election campaign,” an activist associated with good governance advocacy told Colombo Telegraph.