Elections department divided over violations
By Rathindra Kuruwita
Feb 21, 2010
The department of elections is divided over steps that need to be taken regarding state officials who ignore directives given by the Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake.

While some of his top election aides have requested him to immediately seek the help of the Supreme Court, the elections commissioner had told them to wait until the nomination period ends.

“But we have received complaints that over 600 people have been transferred; this issue was also raised when the commissioner met election monitors on Thursday. So, many of us feel that we need to go to the courts at once”, election department sources said.

“The commissioner issued over 100 directives during the presidential election but most of them were ignored and this time around he has asked the media to act in an impartial manner and requested state institutions not to transfer people after February 9,” he said.

“The commissioner has asked ministry secretaries and provincial secretaries to stop transfers and promotions in the public service after the general election was declared on February 9. But we don’t think that officials will follow his orders. We must take the matter to the supreme court immediately and get a directive regarding what the commissioner can do if his directives are ignored,” the official said.

Courtesy: Lakbima