Election dept. vows to get tough with candidates who fails to declare assets
Nov 1, 2011
The Elections Department yesterday said that it would take measures to publicize the names of the candidates of various political parties and independent groups who contested the October 8 local government elections and failed to declare their assets. Participating in a panel discussion organized by Transparency International (TI) on the issue of asset declaration by politicians, Siri Medawewa, the Consultant to the Commissioner of Elections, said that the deadline given for the declaration of assets by the candidates who contested the last local government elections ended yesterday (31).

Speaking further on the method to be used to track down these errant candidates, he said that the details on the candidates who failed in this task would be collected from the assistant election commissioners in each district. "Thereafter the Commissioner would be entitled to publish the names of those candidates in newspapers, if they have still not declared their assets. Later, their names would be sent to the Bribery Commission as well," he said. He added that this would make politicians more transparent and force them to be more selective in their financial dealings.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka