Public officials contested Sri Lanka’s LG elections probed for violating establishment code

Apr 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Additional Election Commissioner W.B. Sumanasiri said that a number of complaints have been received regarding public officials, who contested last month’s local government election, violating the establishment code.

He pointed out that if a staff grade public employee contested an election he should have resigned from the public service. Non-staff grade public employees need to go on no-pay leave to contest an election.

The Additional Election Commissioner said that some staff grade and non-staff grade public officials had contested the local government election without taking necessary actions in line with the establishment code.

Some of them have been elected to the local councils.

The Election Commissioner’s Department will conduct an investigation regarding such public officials and the report is to be submitted to the Ministry of State Administration.

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