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Elections monitoring bodies last week said they would hand over the Draft of a campaign finance reforms bill to the Elections Commission to identify challenges in its implementation and strategize mechanisms for proposed reforms.

People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) have finalized a Draft following discussions with professionals and subsequent to handing it over to the Commission intends to put it forward for circulation among politicians and political parties within the month.

Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi said they hoped to have an Act passed in this regard prior to the Local Government election expected to be held in the middle of this year.

“Political parties with scattered voter bases representing minorities have contributed much to the Draft in terms of understandings pertaining to practical issues faced by them due to the electoral system and campaign finance,” Hettiarachchi said.