Polls monitors to write to Mahanayakas Allegations of wrongful conduct of monks contesting LG polls Temples used as party offices

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By 2018-01-03

BY Ruwan Laknath Jayakody

Elections monitoring bodies will write to the Mahanayakes of the three Nikayas (Sects), calling on them to bring to book, monks contesting the Local Government elections who were conducting themselves in a manner not befitting their positions.

Polls monitor, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) pointed out that not only monks were using temples as political party offices but lay candidates too were indirectly using temples for campaigning, propaganda and promotional activities.

National Coordinator of the CMEV, Manjula Gajanayake said that according to him, approximately 50 monks were contesting the upcoming local authorities' polls, the precise figure is presently being calculated. It is reported that the majority of the 50 monks, were contesting on the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna ticket.

In the Kandy District, two instances of temples being used as party offices have since been stopped.

It is also reported that a monk contesting from Badulla had publicly stated that if he was not voted into power at the forthcoming elections, he would refrain from visiting homes of people, even to conduct the last rites of a dead person.

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