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Elections monitoring bodies warned of the possibility of vote buying that could take place at the forthcoming Local Government elections.

Polls monitor, People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) urged the Government to pass legislation imposing limitations on the expenditure of candidates.

Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe too had raised the matter in the Parliament.

“If the candidates are allowed to spend the amounts they had spent previously, at the upcoming  Local Government elections, this could result in a bad experience for the country, as all this must be seen in relation to the number of voters and how much the candidate has and can afford to spend on one elector, he opined.

He called upon all political parties to work to bring an Act to bring about expenditure ceilings and campaign finance restrictions. “ Such reforms are essential. Candidates must be made to open a separate account to which they would receive funds and could then spend from. Procedures can also be brought about to regulate. We have to bring the said law prior to the next election,” he observed.