State resources still abused, alleges TI
By Dilip Rangajith
Despite complaints from Transparency International, public resources are still used for election work, Programme for Protection of Public Resources spokesman Joel Fernando said.

In its Programme for Protection of Public Resources, TI has detected more than 20 election related abuses, reports of which have been forwarded to the Bribery Commission, the Auditor General and the Police.

We have a tremendous team to investigate the abuses of public resources islandwide,” TI Executive Director J.C.Weliamuna said. Allegations include the use of Temple Trees for political meetings, use of Air Force helicopters, the Gramodaya Centre being used to stock and distribute election propaganda material, use of two collapsible stages on wheels from the Petroleum Corporation for political campaigns supporting the PA candidate and use of vehicle No. 58-2186 belonging to the Plantations Ministry for PA election propaganda work in the Weligama area.

The Rupavahini Corporation has been allegedly requested to provide advertisements on credit offering a relatively small advance of Rs.500,000.

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