Declaring Assets by President and the Prime Minister- Commission’s Decision On June 17th


The Information Commission will meet on June 17 to decide whether the assets of the President and the Prime Minister should be disclosed under the Right to Information Law enacted in 2017.
The NGO Transparency International submitted an application to the Presidential Secretariat, requesting information of the assets of the president Maithreepala Sirisena and it had been refused. Also, the application sent to the Prime Minister’s Office to state the assets of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been rejected.
Transparency International has made a complaint to the Information commission as the; Presidential secretariat office declared that information could not be disclosed to a third party under the Assets and Liabilities Act. The Institute claims that the right to information has been violated due to this refusal under the Act enacted on the 3rd February 2017.
However, Information Commission will investigate and issue a decision on June 17 in this regard. Mostly the Commission’s decision can be assumed and would say that only officials of the particular secretarias have a responsibility to make a decision and further it would say that the respective officers will make a decision for this kind of applications. At the same time we presume, the myth of the right to information will also be over.

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