Polls spend to be regulated

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 1 2021

By Thameenah Razeek

The Cabinet will instruct the Legal Draftsman to prepare amendments such as regulating election finance to current election laws based on recommendations made by the Parliamentary Select Committee to identify appropriate reforms to election laws and the electoral system and to recommend necessary amendments. 

Addressing the weekly Cabinet media briefing yesterday (30) at the Government Information Department, Cabinet Spokesman Dullas Alahapperuma said that universal suffrage is a principle of sovereignty and that concept should be applied freely and fairly during elections to represent the true will of the citizenry. 

“It can have a huge impact on the people’s will if a candidate, party or group spends too much money without any controls. Many countries, including India, have enacted legislation to limit election spending. The need to restrict the expenses of candidates or political parties during election times has been considered when preparing these amendments,” he said. 

Approval was granted to amend the Election Ordinance in order to include provisions to reduce the illegal activities during elections at the Cabinet Meeting on 17 October, 2017.

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 1 2021

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