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CODI facilitates meet between TU leaders and Election Monitors

The Coalition of Democratic and Inclusive Elections (CODI) in a bid to prevent the misuse of state resources for campaigning at the forthcoming LG  poll, setup a meeting between heads of Election Monitoring missions in Sri Lanka and leading trade unionists in the Island.

Heads of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV),  Campaign for a Free and Free Elections (CaFFE),  Peoples Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) , Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL),  Institute for Democratic Reforms and Electoral Studies (IRES) and Mothers and Daughters of Lanka (MDL)  met with over fifty leaders of powerful trade unions in the island at the Renuka City Hotel on Tuesday (24) morning. 

The objective of  the meeting was to encourage the trade unions to act as whistle-blowers, whenever State resources are being used for campaigning. The TU leaders said that misuse of State resources for campaigning was inevitable, if the local government bodies were functioning and said that it was imperative that the present LG bodies be dissolved immediately.

The Election monitors pointed out that the Election  Commission of Sri Lanka by government gazette  No 2313/32 of January 4, 2023 had issued Directions to prevent the misuse of movable or immovable properties belonging to the State , State Corporations or Statutory Boards during the period of an election for the promotion of or in prejudice to any party, group or candidate or obstructing the conduct of the election.

The polls monitors requested the trade unions to inform them together with sufficient evidence if State resources are being misused and  reiterated that the Administrative Secretary or the Municipal Commissioner of the local government body would be answerable.

Silja Paasilinna Country Director of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Udeni Dissanayake (Chairman of the All Ceylon Management Services Officers Association),  Dharmasiri Nanayakkara (former Deputy Commissioner of Local Government), Manjula Gajanayake (Executive Director IRES and Convenor CODI), D. M. Dissanayaka (Executive Director CMEV), Daya Herath (National Coordinator MDL), Rohana Hettiarachchi (Executive Director PAFFREL), Sankhitha Goonerathne (Deputy Executive Director TISL), Manas Makeen (Executive Director CaFFE) and Harindra Banagala (Director-Legal CaFFE) addressed those present.

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