CMEV has officially commenced its election observation activities for the Local Government Elections 2018. We are one of two such election-observing entities which have received the accreditation of the Elections Commission of Sri Lanka.
CMEV is made up of three partner organizations: Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Free Media Movement (FMM), and Human Rights Documentation Centre (INFORM). CPA operates as the secretariat of CMEV and three representatives from each organization act as co-conveners.
CMEV is one of the leading election-observing organizations currently engaging in the collection of data regarding the incidents of violence associated with elections in Sri Lanka.
We request concerned parties and individuals to provide any and all information regarding the incidents of violence perpetrated in association with the electoral process during the election period.
Hotline: +94 113 010 664 | E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: +94 112 505 228 | Web: www.cmev.org
Postal address: Centre for Monitoring Election Violence, 6/5, Layards road, Colombo 05.
Dr. P. Saravanamuttu (Co-convener CMEV): 077 773 1458
Mr. Manjula Gajanayake (National Co-ordinator CMEV): 077 229 8565
Ms. Parami Fernando (Media Co-ordinator CMEV): 072 860 6775
SLBC Swadesheeya Sevaya invited Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator of CMEV and Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of PAFFREL
to discuss the upcoming local government elections with the purpose of spreading awareness through it’s morning show ‘Subarathi’.
Watch the full video here.
The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence critically engages with the election observation processes in Sri Lanka and has been simultaneously contributing to the electoral reform process in the country. As part of all these functions, CMEV has initiated a series of discussions with the intention of enhancing an island wide public discourse on “Limitations on Campaign Finance and the Disclosure of Assets and Liabilities” in partnership with International Idea.
Therefore, while contributing to the said initiative, CMEV organized a series of discussions in national universities and the initial event was successfully held in University of Peradeniya recently. The notable feature of this workshop was the participation of more than 75 women who are following a diploma course on empowering women on politics in partnership with Ministry of Women & Child affairs. Further Dr. Vijaya Jayathilake, Dean of Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. Kamala Liyanage and several other lecturers and students attended this program. Deputy Commissioner of Local Government (retired) Mr. N. A. Dharmasiri and National Coordinator of CMEV Manjula Gajanayake were the speakers of this discussion.
The objective of this workshop series was to encourage the involvement of university community towards introducing a campaign finance law which is still not exposed. The Delhi Declaration is also a leading source of this discussion as it is a basic document explaining principles on Political Finance Regulation. It is a followed up document with the agreement of Elections Management Bodies (EMBs) and other vigilant groups in South Asia initiated by International IDEA, who together with the Electoral Commission of India, helped to create the New Delhi Declaration; a set of political finance standards and guidelines developed for the South Asian region which was launched in December 2015.
Manjula Gajanayake, National Co-ordinator of CMEV together with Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of Paffrel were invited to speak on Siddahamulla, a popular morning talk show hosted by V FM on weekdays.
Both of the representatives discussed the special features of the new election system to be put into practice at the upcoming local government elections and also concerning on the method that will be followed to select representatives within this new system. Furthermore in the discussion, they unveiled the strategies and plans of their election observation process to be implemented in the forthcoming local government elections and also conferred the role of voters in this specific election.
Listen to the full interview here