Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa said today (18) in Parliament that the Election Funds Limitation Act is a very good bill. However, its sudden adoption may pave the way for postponing the LG elections to be held next March through action in the courts.
The opposition leader said that according to this draft, the candidates should provide a formal report regarding their expenses, and if it is not submitted, it would be an offence.
If a petition is filed in court with regard to this law, the opposition leader said that it would create confusion in the March 2023 elections.
“In a broad sense, it is a good bill, although there are certain things that need to be ironed out.” It is also important for system change.
Although this act is very important because the security deposits are made in relation to LG elections these days, there are some problems with the timing of its implementation. There will be confusion created by this, and if it is passed, it will be a hindrance to the local government elections to be held in March. He said that in Parliament today.
The opposition leader further stated that the imposition of regulations with the passing of this draft will hinder the holding of the local government election in the first week of March and that through this the government is trying to put off the election, which is a clear violation of the democratic rights of the people.
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