Aug 22, Colombo: The anti-corruption non-governmental organization, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) says the police have not taken any action against those violating election laws in the run up to the provincial council elections next month.
Transparency International noted that over 75 state owned vehicles are being used by governing party candidates and their supporters in the Central and North Western Provinces.
Around 70 state vehicles have been observed in the North Western Province engaging in election propaganda work during the past 72 hours, the NGO says.
The use of public property for election campaign work is a violation of elections law, and is a punishable offence according to the Financial Regulation Act No. 156(7) and Financial Regulation Act No. 127(7).
Executive Director of Transparency International, S. Ranawaka noted that some vehicles were even operating with garage numbers while some have pasted stickers over the government emblems and names.
However, he said that the Police have not taken any action although they have been informed about the violations.
According to Transparency International, there are other abuses such as bus stands being used to have election meetings or having offices inside bus terminals, display of posters and banners in government offices and use of state buildings for offices.