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* Sri Lanka election monitor writes to Election Commissioner on illegal recruitment at Survey Department
Sat, Aug 30, 2014, 10:55 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 30, Colombo: An election monitor in Sri Lanka, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has written to the Election Commissioner over recruitment at the Survey Department violating election laws.

The CaFFE said it has learnt that the Survey Department has sent letters to over 300 persons, most of them from Uva Province, where elections would be held on September 20, asking them to come for interviews for the post of trainee surveyor between September 2 and 3 at the Survey Department head office.

This is a violation of election laws as recruitments, transfers and promotions of government servants are prohibited during the election period, the monitor has pointed out to the Election Commissioner in a letter.

Meanwhile, the Elections Commissioner has focused his attention on the allegations made regarding the involvement of government officers for election related activities.

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has told local media that the Elections Secretariat has already received a number of complaints on the matter.

According to election laws, the government officer who engage in election activities through trade unions are not entitled to receive allowances, approval of leave or use of state property.

Election commissioner reiterated that if a government officer does not engage in election campaigning under the influence of a trade union or the government, the relevant factions do not have the right to take action against the officer.

The Election Secretariat has so far received 88 complaints regarding violation of election rules and 15 of them are related to involving government officers in politics while 14 complaints are related to violence.

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