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Thursday, 16 July 2015 - 19:27
100 thousand monthly fee to be charged, if official vehicles used for election campaigns

The cabinet has taken a decision that if the Prime Minister, the Speaker, and other Ministers and MPs intend to use their official vehicles during the election period, they should pay a sum of Rs. 100,000 per month.

Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne stated this while attending a media briefing convened to inform cabinet decisions in Colombo today.

In addition, the cost of refueling such vehicles should also be borne by the relevant politicians when ordering such vehicles for their personal political campaigns.

If any politician uses aircraft or helicopters for election campaign, the cost of such services should also be borne by the individual.

Meanwhile, addressing the media conference to inform the Cabinet decisions, Cabinet spokesman and minister Rajitha Senarathna said that the authority of the SLFP Central Working Committee is in the hands of President Maithripala Sirisena.

He further said that the SLFP cannot come to any conclusion without the approval of the President.

At this moment, a journalist questioned Minister Rajitha Senarathna whether he quit the SLFP in fear of getting defeated, if he would contest under UPFA ticket.

In response, Minister Senaratne stated that he was offered the number one position in the National List.

In addition several including the former President have stated that the party would suffer after his leave. He also stated that those who are spearheading his election campaign are SLFPers.

When a journalist asked minister Senarathna to explain his stance on the statement made by the president, the minister stated that the statement is in favour of the SLFP supporters who opt for Good Governance.

Journalists also asked Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senarathna about certain complaints that there are security lapses on former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

In response, he stated that as per a Supreme Court rule, a retire president is privileged to enjoy the same security measures provided to a cabinet minister. He added that the Supreme Court rule was obtained by the former President himself.

Meanwhile, Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya told a media conference held this morning that it is not possible to reduce security provided for a former president while he’s engaged in another activity.

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