Elections monitoring bodies say that the draft of a bill for regulating campaign finance and bringing in reforms to election related expenditure will be handed over to the government next month.

Polls monitor, People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said that the draft would be handed over to the political authorities including President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Secretaries including General Secretaries of political parties, the Chairman of the Elections Commission and the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha, in May.

Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi further called for pressure to be brought upon the national and regional leadership of the main political parties and party secretaries to reveal the criterion they would be using to select and nominate candidates for elections to local government bodies and Provincial Councils.

He pointed out that leaders of political parties had already signed and agreed to adopt the criteria put forward in this regard by the March 12th Movement for Clean Politics.
“Minister Mustapha requested the draft to be handed over to him to submit it to the Cabinet. Attorney-at-Law Jagath Liyanarachchi drafted the final one. It will be fine-tuned. We may hold one more consultation with the Elections Commission or its Chairman prior to submitting it to politicians,” said Hettiarachchi.