Interactive Discussion on Roles & Responsibilities of Local Government Members in Mullativu District

As one step of the strategic plan introduced by the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) organized one day interactive discussion inviting selected key members of all 4 local government authorities in Mullativu district on 24th January 2019 at District Secretariat of Mullativu.

The roles & responsibilities of members, strategies to increase income revenue options including preparation of new by-laws, and how to contribute for a peaceful and inclusive election process, as people’s representatives were the topics discussed at this event. Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator of CMEV was the resource person of this event while Ms. Rajamalligai, Assistant Commissioner of Local Government and Mr. K.Kaantheepan, Assistant Election Commissioner; Mullativu shared their insights related to above topics. Over 50 local government members including chairmen of all 4 councils actively participated in this event.

Empowering Women Activists through Voter Education – Hambantota District Programme

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) initiated a voter education programme called ‘Provincial Council Elections Voter Education and Outreach Programme’ with the support of USAID-DAI (SDGAP). The main focus is to invoke awareness for women candidates who are willing to contest in the next provincial councils elections to be held island-wide. CMEV is planning to conduct a series of district-level awareness workshops inviting selected prospective candidates across the country.

The sixteenth in this series of workshops was conducted in Hambanthota District at main auditorium of Hambanthota District Secretariat on 31st October 2018. Over 70 women activists including women elected members of Local government were attended in this one-day awareness training. Mr. M. Bandula Harischandra, District Secretariat and the District Returning Officer was delivered the key note speech in this event. Mr. R.S. Wedage, Assistant Election Commissioner of Hambanthota District, Mr. Dharmasiri Nanayakkara, Former Deputy Commissioner of Local Government, Mr. Anura Handagama, Attorney At Law, Hashanie Chitranganie, Attorney At Law and Mr. Chandrasekaran Manimaran delivered speeches in this event.

 

The Regulation of Campaign Finances and the Electoral Process in Sri Lanka 

It is the eighth decade that’s being elapsed since Sri Lanka was bestowed with universal franchise. Apart from few instances, which took place in certain elections, Sri Lanka could boast of a proud history in terms of elections with a unique identity. If any electoral reform regardless of its model or approach, should take place following the tradition that reflects the Sri Lankan identity in elections. Not a single country in the world has formulated a perfect election system.

Accordingly, a certain level of regulation should be exercised on campaign finances with a proper understanding about the prevailing political background in the country. Hence a regulating mechanism should be formulated through a series of consultative discussions with the involvement of Election Commission, political parties, Election Observing Organizations and other stakeholders. The following points should be taken into account in such an undertaking that is carried out with the legal sphere.

Introducing fundamental requisites on assets and liabilities of political parties and candidates should become the basis to any regulatory mechanism.

Regardless of the nature of regulatory mechanism thus introduced, it should not distance the politician from the elector. It is essential to make sure that such a mechanism does not curtail the freedom of expression.

The politicians should be convinced that the money is received as a privilege for engaging in responsible politics. Accordingly it is important to discuss about the ways of refining the mechanism to be agreeable for both the politicians and the voters while considering the need for inculcating the useful best practices and elements of other systems adopted and recognized internationally.

Read the articles in Sinhala below – translations will be made available soon.

Assets, Liabilities and Elections

Campaign Finance – Not a new Concept

Towards a Clean Political Culture

Facilitating Voting Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and prioritizing Inclusive Elections

CMEV is one of leading election observation missions in the country which HAS facilitated an Inclusive Election process, prioritizing voting rights of Persons with Disabilities (PwDs). The last three elections that were held since 2015 have seen PwDs being deployed  as election observers by CMEV in addition to its efforts of producing of accessible documents for PwDs.

As a part of continuous engagements towards promoting inclusive elections, CMEV initiated a programme to create a pool of election observers comprising with PwDs. Its first programme was held at the meeting hall of FRDSRO disability organization, Kandy on 27th September 2018 with the participation of over 60 PwDs. Mr. Namal Thalangama, Deputy Commissioner of Elections, Kandy District attended representing Election Commission of Sri Lanka and delivered the key note speech in this event. Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator of CMEV was the facilitator of the event while Mr. Anura Hadagama (Attorney-at-Law) and Hashanie Chiranganie (Attorney-at-Law) were the resource persons for programme.

Empowering women activists through voter education – Trincomalee District Programme

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) initiated a voter education programme called ‘Provincial Council Elections Voter Education and Outreach Programme’ with the support of USAID-DAI (SDGAP). The main focus is to invoke awareness for women candidates who are willing to contest in the next provincial councils elections to be held island-wide. CMEV is planning to conduct a series of district-level awareness workshops inviting selected prospective candidates across the country.

The eighth in this series of workshops was conducted in  Trincomalee District  at Lake Front Hotels reception hall in Kanthale   on 30th September 2018. Over 65 women activists including women members of Local government, active supporters of political parties and women CSO leaders attended in this one day awareness training. Mr. M.M. Mohamed, Additional Commissioner of Elections (Admin and Legal), Election Commission of Sri Lanka. was delivered the key note speech in this event.  CMEV organised this event in partnership with Election Commission of Sri Lanka, National Collaboration Development Foundation (NCDF) and Eastern Women Organisation.

Empowering women activists through voter education – Polonnaruwa District Programme

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) initiated a voter education programme called ‘Provincial Council Elections Voter Education and Outreach Programme’ with the support of USAID-DAI (SDGAP). The main focus is to invoke awareness for women candidates who are willing to contest in the next provincial councils elections to be held island-wide. CMEV is planning to conduct a series of district-level awareness workshops inviting selected prospective candidates across the country.

The sixth   in this series of workshops was conducted in  Polonnaruwa  District at New Ramaada Hotels Reception Hall  on 13th September 2018. Over 50 women activists including women members of Local government, active supporters of political parties and women CSO leaders attended in this one day awareness training. Mr. Leelanath Wickramaarchchi, Assistant Commissioner of Elections, Polonnaruwa District was attended representing Election Commission of Sri Lanka. CMEV organised this event in partnership with ”Sunila Women & Children Development Foundation, Polonnaruwa.

Empowering women activists through voter education – Kandy District Programme

Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) initiated a voter education programme called ‘Provincial Council Elections Voter Education and Outreach Programme’ with the support of USAID-DAI (SDGAP). The main focus is to invoke awareness for women candidates who are willing to contest in the next provincial councils elections to be held island-wide. CMEV is planning to conduct a series of district-level awareness workshops inviting selected prospective candidates across the country.

The Seventh    in this series of workshops was conducted at Peradeniya University in Kandy. Over 70  women activists including women members of Local government, active supporters of political parties, women CSO leaders and selected students attended in this one day awareness training. Mr. Namal Thalangama, Deputy Commissioner of Elections, Kandy District was delivered the key note speech in this event.  CMEV organised this event in partnership with the faculty of Agriculture, University of Peradeniya.