Political parties urged to follow minimum criteria

pollsSri Lanka’s joint business chambers, the organisations of professional associations of Sri Lanka and the Executive Committee of the BAR association of Sri Lanka, today called on all political parties to follow the minimum criteria when selecting candidates for future elections.

In a joint statement, the leading organisations also announce the endorsement of the ‘March 12th Declaration’ an initiative of PAFFREL and the ‘Citizens’ Collective’, which identifies a set of minimum criteria that the political parties should use, in selecting candidates for all future elections.

Accordingly, the Joint Business Chambers consisting of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka, The National Chamber of Exporters, Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka, International Chamber of Commerce, Joint Apparel Association Forum, Ceylon National Chamber of Industries, The Chamber of Young Lanka Entrepreneurs and the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, Organisation of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka and the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon has made a collective decision to back the ‘March 12th Declaration’.

The ‘March 12th Movement for Clean Politics’ (M12M) is planning to launch a series of nation-wide activities in the future, to bring about pressure on all political parties to refrain from nominating candidates of disrepute whilst also creating awareness amongst the public on the importance of electing politicians who have not involved in frauds, violent activities and crimes etc.

By adhering to these guidelines political parties will help towards creating and guaranteeing the most essential conducive environment for democracy, good governance, rule of law and transparency, to the legislature (the Parliament),

The first of such mass scale Island wide activity, aiming at collecting one million signatures from the public, urging the political parties to nominate “clean candidates” to contest in future elections is currently underway and is travelling across the island. It started on the 25th of this month from the ‘Independence Square’. It will conclude on the 06th of July at a meeting at which the petition with signatures collected across the island would be handed over to the leaders of political parties. (Colombo Gazette)