SJB working on strong anti-corruption laws

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The Samagi Jana Balawegaya has confirmed that the National Election Commission has in its possession assets and liabilities declarations of politicians for a period of only four years and the SJB is working on introducing strong anti-corruption laws to address such shortcomings.

Addressing the media, Eran Wickramaratne said SJB is in the process of drafting laws that makes it compulsory for all 225 MPs and other notable government servants, including high-ranking officials of the Tri-Forces to publicly disclose their assets.

“Not more than 15 Parliamentarians’ assets have been publicly disclosed. Assets of politicians from the time they assumed duty should be disclosed in order to make comparisons with their present financial statements. Laws will be introduced to ensure that the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption is not subject to undue pressure,” he added.

Wickramaratne said he met the Attorney General to discuss laws that ensure the independence of the Commission.

By Nabiya Vaffoor