Election monitors from the United Nations, European Union, Commonwealth and Asian nations are expected here for the November 17 elections ? but Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake said yesterday he believed local monitors could do a better job.
He noted that foreign monitors were called in a few years ago after the two main political parties in the country failed to trust each other or local monitors and believed foreign monitors would ensure a free and fair election.
?A lot of money is spent on bringing down these foreign monitors but not a single proposal put forward by them at previous elections has been implemented. It is just a waste of money?, he said.
He said foreign monitors would only be from recognised organisations and not individuals as that could lead to accusations of some of them favouring certain candidates.
The Elections Commissioner said the advantage of having local monitors was that they understood the local language and could converse with locals during the polls and thus there was a better chance of ensuring free and fair polls.