At a summit of all religious leaders in the country, a series of recommendations to select candidates for the forthcoming presidential election was put forward. At the summit held at BMICH on the 6th, the religious leaders put forward the series of recommendations with several amendments to the electoral act so that a righteous political culture could be created in the country. The summit proposes to amend the acts to elect the president, members of Parliament, to provincial and local government councils.
The recommendations indicate that expenses for the election campaigns should be regulated, the educational and professional qualifications of candidates, their assets and their family members’ assets, the age at the time of the candidature, whether they have been found guilty for any offences or whether there are any pending court cases against them should be considered when selecting candidates. It is also stated that those who have contracts with the government or any other dealings should not be elected as candidates. It is specially stated that those who have been found guilty for offences should not be given candidature.
The series of recommendations has been signed by Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thero of Malwatte Chapter, Most Ven. Warakagoda Dhammasiddhi Sri Pagnananda, Gnanarathanabhidhana Maha Nayaka Thero of Asgiriya Chapter, Ven. Napana Pemasiri Thero of Ramanna Chapter, His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Diloraj Kanagasabai, Bishop of Colombo, Sri Waithaishwara Kurakkal of all Ceylon Hindu congress, M. I. M. Rizwi (Mufthi) and the chairman of All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama.
It was presented to the President of the SLFP President Maithripala Sirisena, the Leader of the UNP Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Member of the Political Bureau of the JVP Sunil Handunneththi.