Jan 27, Colombo: An election monitor in Sri Lanka has written to the former chief ministers of the Western and Southern Provinces asking to take action against the misuse of public properties during the period of the provincial council elections.
The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has written to Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga and Southern Province Chief Minister Shan Wijeyalal Silva to play a proactive role in assuring all former provincial councilors return all public properties in their possession.
CaFFE's Executive Director Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon also handed over the copies of the letters to the Commissioner of Elections today (January 27).
According to CaFFE, former provincial councilors of the two provinces have not handed over public property in their possession and this might lead to unpleasant situations in the future.
"We know that former councilors and their staffs are still using vehicles, offices, office equipment and buildings that belong to the provincial councils. However it's the responsibility of former councilors and their staffs to handover these public properties in their possession," the letters said.
CaFFE has called on the two chief ministers to ensure that all provincial councilors return the vehicles, office buildings, telephones, office equipment, and several official residences used by them.
"As a first step you can return the public properties in your possession, so that you give a good example that others will follow," Tennakoon said.