All candidates for elections in Sri Lanka must declare assets before elections in future

Oct 30, Colombo: Elections Commissioner of Sri Lanka Mahinda Deshapriya has decided to make candidates contesting future elections to hand over their assets and liabilities declarations before receiving nominations to contest.

Deshapriya has decided to get the assets and liabilities declarations from all candidates before any general, provincial council or local government elections.

The Commissioner has also said that firm action and even legal action would be taken against the candidates who fail to submit their assets and liabilities declaration.

The power to make such a decision by the Elections Commissioner has been outlined in the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

According to the election laws in the country, the Elections Commissioner has the mandate to file legal action against the candidates who fail to submit their assets and liabilities declarations.

The latest move by the Elections Commissioner is expected to help build a good political culture in the country.

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