Contributing to the ongoing discussion on electoral reforms the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence organised a public discussion on the regulations of campaign finance in elections and on the declarations of asset and Liabilities, held at the Janaki Hotel, Colombo 05 on 02 nd December 2016.
The discussion was organised by CMEV in partnership with International IDEA and the Election Commission of Sri Lanka and a number of Civil Society and political party Representatives attended this event. Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya delivered the key note speech in this event and Victor Ivan, Former Editor of Ravaya who campaigned actively for years on the necessity for declarations of assets and liabilities of public representatives, also delivered a special speech marking this landmark victory in a long standing campaign. Dr. P. Saravanamuttu, Co convenor of CMEV, Mr. Champani Padmasekara, Senior Member of the Permanent Representatives Committee set up by the Election Commission on Election related complaints, Mr. Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of PAFFREL and Manjula Gajanayake, National Co-ordinator, CMEV were other speakers at this event. Mr. Adhy Aman Senior Programme Officer, Asia & the Pacific and Country Programme Manager, Bhutan, of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) also delivered a special lecture titled, ‘’The Growing Cost of Campaigning: Challenges to Regulation and Enforcement’’.