The Peoples Action For Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) has written to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe saying legislation that imposes a ceiling on campaign financing has been implemented successfully in other countries in the region.
“Such ceilings have been introduced in proportion to the number of voters living in the area concerned,” Rohana Hettiarachchi, the Executive Director of PAFFREL said.
Hettiarachchie appreciated the proposal by Wickremesinghe, as Prime Minister and leader of the United National Party, for imposing a ceiling on spending by candidates during elections.
“We hope that you will act this proposal a reality by introducing fresh legislation to limit spending before the next local authority election,” he said.
He said the proposal by the Prime Minister is especially important in the context that the next election will be conducted under a mixed system of ward and proportional representation system.
Hettiarachchi says the absence of a ceiling on campaign financing is bound to have a direct impact in determining the public mandate at the election.
He also said that if the campaign finance laws are not introduced, the purpose of introducing the new electoral system for local elections will not be served to the expectations of potential candidates whose services are needed by society and therefore not meet the expectations of society itself. (Colombo Gazette)