Code of conduct to curb corruption among Sri Lankan councillors

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s new government plans to introduce a code of conduct to curb corruption among representatives of local government councils against whom there are growing complaints and legal action.

The island has 4,486 representatives elected to 335 local government institutions comprising 23 Municipal Councils, 41 Urban Councils, and 271 Pradeshiya Sabhas ().

These numbers will increase under changes to the electoral laws.

Government spokesman Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said a code of conduct has been approved by the cabinet of ministers for local government members.

The proposal made by the Minister of Public Administration, Provincial Councils, and Democratic Governance Karu Jayasuriya and the Minister of Provincial Councils and Provincial Development Janaka Bandara Tennekoon.

This was part of the good governance policy of the new government formed after the January 2015 presidential election, Senaratne told a news conference.

The code was proposed because of the increasing number of investigations into various offences and corruption allegations against local government members.

Charge sheets have been submitted and legal action taken against some members.

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