Sri Lanka Election Commissioner rejects 54 applications seeking registration
Sri Lanka Elections Commissioner has rejected 84 applications from political parties sought registration. Elections Commissioner calls for applications for registration of new political parties every January according to the Elections Amendment Act No 58 of 2009.
Additional Commissioner of Elections Mr. W.W. Sumanasiri said that during elections no political party is registered. The applications were last called for in May 2010, a month after the completion of the 2010 Parliamentary General Election.
“Every January we call for application to register new political parties. But when there is an election around it is suspended and within one month of the completion of an election we call for application” Mr Sumanasiri told news.lk
Accordingly, he said, his Department called for application in May 2010 after the election of 2010 Parliamentary elections. In between the Commissioner had exchanged letters with parties sought registration requesting for necessary documents as per the new amendment to the Elections Act.
The parties should have engaged in politics and they should maintain audited accounts are some of the prior requirements for registrations. Since none of these parties had fulfilled requirements the Commissioner of Elections rejected the applications submitted by 54 parties that sought registration as political parties.
But, the rejected parties are entitled to re-apply for registration after a lapse of ne year Mr. Sumnasiri asured. He also said that three more applications received after the end of closing date was also rejected on the ground of late application.
Source: Government News Portal.
In SL, being an MP is the best job. Better still if you are lucky enough to be a minister with all the perks. You are set for life, even were you to be an MP/minister for just one term.
Isn’t it ridiculous that so many political parties are allowed to be formed like mushrooms all over this samll country? Isn’t it time we put a lid on this blight with effective laws? We do not want more political bogus parties. We need people who are proactively concerned for the poor, who would go to the rural villages and do some honest shramadana to elevate the life of the poor. Build better infra-structure by way of roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, electricity, drinking water etc. If you do that, the people themselves will form a party for you and elect you their rep in the parliament.
The governing party today is riddled with bogus MPs who do not do a day’s decent honest day’s work to assist the people they represent. This is the sad plight of the country. When is the Hon President wake-up to this sad reality and do some honest work starting with the rural villages, instead of kissing babies for the cameras and doing eyewash? Where is a decent politician/statesman today? They are all there in politics for the benefits they can cream off for themselves and their near and dearest. I cry for my beloved country, my nation!