President Maithripala Sirisena today said that the Police will be used to confiscate the vehicles of former Parliamentarians and Ministers during the elections.
He said that it is essential to stop misuse of public assets for the electioneering of political parties or candidates.
“Use of state vehicles for election campaigns must be stopped. As you are aware, during the former government as well as during the current interim Government, the Ministries were provided with vehicles for the use of Members of Parliament. Today, we have an interim government comprising of the President, Prime Minister and Ministers. Under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the interim government will function during the elections period until a new government is established,” he said.
The President said that only the President, Prime Minister and Ministers are functioning in the interim Government and in accordance with the regulations of the Elections Commission none of the former State Ministers, Deputy Ministers or MPs could use official vehicles for the election campaign.
“I request with respect to all the former Ministers and MPs to return their Government vehicles to the Secretaries of Ministries immediately. If they do not act accordingly, I will have to ask the police to confiscate the vehicles and I will not hesitate to take strict legal action against the defaulters irrespective of their political party affiliations,” he said.
The President said that use of Government vehicles and public assets for elections is illegal and it should not be done. (Colombo Gazette)