Wednesday, 22nd September 2021

Presidential Election: Recommendations released by International election

Colombo, Oct 10 (BAN/ AD): As presidential elections are scheduled for November 16 International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) have released statement on its findings and recommendations.

The delegations have met political party representatives between September 30 to October 4, 2019.

Key recommendations include:

Media Bias: The Election Commission should promulgate stronger guidance on the responsible and ethical use of media – print, broadcast, and social – and promotional materials by candidates and their supporters during the election campaign.

Campaign Finance: To increase the transparency of the electoral process and empower citizens to make more informed choices, presidential candidates should make public the asset and liability declarations they submit to the Election Commission.

Voter Education: The Election Commission, political parties, media, and civil society should increase voter education initiatives, especially regarding the preferential vote system and ballot marking.

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