Oct 05, Colombo: The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE), an election monitor in Sri Lanka says the Governors and secretaries should act to prevent the misuse of the vehicles and other assets belonging to provincial councils that have been placed under the governor's control.
CaFFE says in the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern provincial councils, more than 32 vehicles have been taken by former Chief Ministers, Ministers, Opposition Leaders and their staff.
Furthermore, they have not returned many other items belonging to the provincial councils.
According to the election monitor it has been observed that during the past few days these resources were being used continuously for political purposes.
A number of vehicles belonging to the North Central Provincial Council have been used for a series of meetings held in Anuradhapura on October 2, the CaFFE said. Also the former politicians of the Provincial Council had participated in a meeting held at the Provincial Council Auditorium.
The NGO said it has complained to the Governor of North Central Province.
After handing over the governance of the provincial councils to the governor following the end of the term, the use of public resources by the former council members for political purposes is abuse of public property, CaFFE points out.
According to CAFFE, those who engage in such an action, as well as those who support and facilitate it, should be punished according to the law.
The NGO said it is regrettable that the majority of the ex-members of North Central Provincial Council have not still realized the seriousness and repercussions of such an act.
The election monitor says it is the responsibility of the Governor and the Chief Secretary of the provincial council to prevent misuse of public property in the event the PC is placed under the control of the Governor.
Writing to the Governors and Chief Secretaries of the Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern Provinces, CaFFE has stated that the governors and secretaries should act to prevent the re-occurrence of the unpleasant situation arose between civil organizations and state officials including Lalith Weeratunga, Anusha Palpita and other government officials during the previous regime.