Post-Election: State Ministers clinging to State vehicles could lose seats
By Methmalie Dissanayake
The Election Commission (EC) has ordered the Police to immediately seize five official vehicles, which were not returned by former State Ministers, EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday said at a Media briefing.
“The vehicles should have been returned to the State on 2 March. State Ministers no longer exist since the dissolution of Parliament and therefore official vehicles must be returned.
It was informed that if a former State Minister uses official vehicles after that date, Rs 100,000 should be deposited for each vehicle. But some former State Ministers have used vehicles without making that deposit.”
He said that if it is proved that they violated the law, after seizing the vehicles, there is a possibility of them losing their seats after the Poll.
He said the Commission had received complaints that religious places were being used to hold meetings to promote candidates and political parties.
“Using religious places for Election activities was illegal. If we get a petition that a candidate used a religious place for Election activities and the allegation is proved, the candidate will lose his seat following the Election. Also, civil rights of such candidates could be revoked as well,” he warned.