Minister of Justice Ali Sabry says regulations making it mandatory for candidates to declare assets and declarations when contesting an election will be formulated in the near future.
Speaking at a discussion organised by the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence, Minister Sabry said voting should not be influenced by anyone.
Minister Sabry said an individual’s financial standing when commencing an election campaign and at the time of conclusion must be assessed, to determine if there were any additional funds.
He claimed that the legality and transparency of funds must be ensured.
The Minister added when a campaign begins the political party and candidate must have a spending cap that is overlooked by the Election Commission.
He said individuals making financial donations must also be transparent and reveal the sum donated, adding that an audit should be conducted at the end of the election period to determine if finances tally.
Joining the discussion Parliamentarian Dr. Harsha De Silva said when formulating laws, differentiating as government and opposition is irrelevant.
MP De Silva said this should be enforced across the board and not according to the whims of certain groups.
He added governments have attempted to introduce measures in this regard, adding that when enforced, political parties must learn to comply.
MP De Silva said the Election Commission, media and social activists have a great role to play adding that this move can go a long way.