A recap on previous elections through cartoons

The two national level elections which were held in the year 2015 can be regarded as the elections which acquired the widest visibility and prominent attention in the recent past. While those elections were apparently referred to as free and fair in every sense, the enormous efforts taken by the relevant stakeholders to preserve the integrity of the said election should also be commended emphatically. The greatest visibility was received at the time with this regard was by the Department of Elections, Department of Police and the election monitoring organizations.
One of the predominantly noticeable trends throughout the period in which the said elections were held, was the inculcation of the role of the then Commissioner of Elections Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya in diverse ways by the print media through newspapers by way of cartoons. Undoubtedly, grasping the way in which the media operated during such a crucial period would be instrumental for anyone who is exploring the history of elections in Sri Lanka. In that regard, the elements reflected through the cartoons which appeared in the newspapers at the time, will provide invaluable insights to anybody who is investigating about the history of elections in Sri Lanka.

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Interactive Discussion on the Regulations of Campaign Finance and the Declarations of Asset and Liabilities in Elections- Trade Union Leaders meeting

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. The discussion was held on 29th December 2016, at Renuka City Hotel, Colombo 03.

The discussion was organised by CMEV in partnership with PAFFREL and International IDEA and a number of Trade Union Activists and Leaders attended this event. The main objective of this event was to obtain ideas of trade union leaders. Executive Director of PAFFREL – Mr. Rohana Hettiarachchi, Attorney-At- Law –  Mr. Jagath Liyanarachchi and Human Rights Activist Mr. Shan Wijethunga were resource persons of the event.

Public Discussion on the Regulations of Campaign Finance and the Declarations of Asset and Liabilities in Elections- Trincomalee District Discussion

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 JKAB Park Hotel, Tricomalee on 31st  December 2016.

The discussion was organised by CMEV in partnership with the Election Commission of Sri Lanka,  Paffrel and International IDEA and a number of Civil Society and political party Representatives attended this event.

Assistant Commissioner of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka (Trincomalee)  Mr. Sajith Welgama delivered the key note speech in this event. Mr. Jagath Liyanarachchi, Attorney-At- Law, Mr. Shan Wijethunga, Human Rights Activist,  Mr. Manjula Gajanayake, National Co-ordinator, CMEV, and Mr. Sarath Gallage, Human Rights Activist were other speakers at this event.

Public Discussion on the Regulations of Campaign Finance and the Declarations of Asset and Liabilities in Elections- Badulla District Discussion

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 River Side Resort, Badulla on 29th December 2016. The discussion was organised by CMEV in partnership with the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Uva Shakthi Foundation, Paffrel and International IDEA and a number of Civil Society and political party Representatives attended this event. Assistant Commissioner of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka (Badulla)  Mr. H.I.R. Hathurusinghe delivered the key note speech in this event. Mr. Jagath Liyanarachchi, Attorney-At- Law, Shan Wijethunga, Human Rights Activist,  Manjula Gajanayake, National Co-ordinator, CMEV, and Nadesan Suresh, Chairman, Uva Shakthi Foundation were other speakers at this event.

Discussion series on electoral security and new trends in elections for police officers- Kalutara District Programme

As a part of the short term action plan being implemented with the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, CMEV initiated a new programme to create awareness among police officers who are engaging  in election related duties during Elections. CMEV is planning to discuss the new election system introduced under the Local Authority Election (Amended) No. 22 of 2012, the main features of the election process as well as the political rights of persons with disabilities, in this awareness workshop series. The first event of the new initiative was conducted for the heads of election branches in police stations in the Kalutara district  at the Ramadia-Ranmal Resort in Moratuwa  on 16th December 2016.

Mr. Saman Ratnayake , Additional Commissioner and Mr. Rasika Peiris, Deputy Commissioner  of the Election Commission, Mrs . Gayani Premathilaka, Legal Officer of the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, and Mr. Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator of CMEV attended as resource persons in this event. This new programme is organised by CMEV in partnership with the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka police and CBM.

CMEV debate on Delhi Declaration on Political Finance Regulation in Sri Lanka

During the discussion on campaign finance and declarations of assets and liabilities organised by CMEV in partnership with International IDEA which was held at Janaki Hotel, Colombo 05 on 02 nd December 2016, CMEV launched   the translated version of the Delhi Declaration and the first copy was handed over to Mr. Mahinda Deshapriya, Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka by Dr. P. Saravanamuttu, Co-convener of CMEV.

The Delhi Declaration on Political Finance Regulation is an outcome document agreed by Elections Management Bodies (EMBs) and other vigilant groups in South Asia initiated by   International IDEA, who together with the Electoral Commission of India, helped create the New Delhi Declaration, a set of political finance standards and guidelines for the South Asia region launched in December 2015. CMEV organized translation of the document into the Tamil and Sinhala languages  and created a public debate on campaign finance regulations based on this particular declaration. The Election Commission of Sri Lanka, CMEV and other several EMBs, Political parties and election observation missions in South Asia contributed to the development of this document.