The Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has said that the governors of the dissolved provincial councils have not been able to take back state vehicles from the former councillors. CaFFE in a statement has said the official vehicles used by former provincial council Chief Ministers and Ministers are now being used for election campaigning due to the inaction of the governors of Central and Northwestern Provinces in retaking the official vehicles.
The CaFFE has said after field election monitors informed the election monitor the misuse of state property, CaFFE Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon had written to the governors of the two provinces, Tikiri Kobbekaduwa and Tissa R Balalla and chief secretaries PG Amarakoon and TGUV Thabugala last week requesting them to take action.
“However so far, despite a circular issued by the Department of Elections requesting official vehicles to be handed over before July 31, no concrete action has been taken to reacquire the vehicles,” the electio
n monitor has said.
Councillors are required to hand over the official vehicles once their term is over.