Jan 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena says the people's representatives who will be elected to the local government bodies at the forthcoming election next month will have no opportunities for corruption and fraud.
President Sirisena stressed that he will not permit the new chairs and councilors appointed to local government bodies from whatever political party to engage in fraud, corruption and violence.
He said that strict legal action will be taken against those who conduct such acts and highest punishment allowed by law would be imposed on them regardless of their status or party.
President Sirisena made these remarks addressing a public meeting in Siripura area in Polonnaruwa on yesterday.
The President emphasized that not only the local governments but also all the higher sectors in the government will have to follow the rule of law.
The President said during his term he expects to end the era of fraud, corruption and the theft of people's money and hopes to build a group of people's representatives with good character and committed to the wellbeing of the people in the country.
Pointing out that the beginning of the previous government's unpopular rule rejected by the people was the behavior and the conduct of the heads of the local governments, the President noted that the then leader's response to the actions of those representatives led to the downfall of the local institutions.