Jun 12, 2018

Integrity Idol 2018 - 'Name & Fame' Honest Public Officials

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL), the local chapter of the global movement against corruption, has embarked on a new endeavour to recognise honesty and integrity in public service, through Integrity Idol 2018 which was launched today (12) at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute.

Through a nationwide media campaign, citizens are invited to nominate public officials that have demonstrated integrity in their personal and professional conduct. The nominees will be evaluated by an esteemed panel of independent judges, who narrow down the nominees to a final shortlist of five Integrity Idols. The nomination period will be open from 12th June to 31st July 2018.

The five member panel of judges for Integrity Idol 2018 Sri Lanka, is made up of retired Justice of the Supreme Court and former Chairman of the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, Justice Amir Ismail, retired Deputy Auditor General and winner of TISL's National Integrity Award Mr. Lalith Ambanwala, retired Deputy Auditor General and former Chairperson of TISL Mr. M.D.A. Harold, award winning investigative journalist Mr. Thusitha Pitigala and social activist and Executive Director of Viluthu Ms. Maithreyi Rajasingam.

After the panel of judges selects the final five Integrity Idols, the stories of the idols, including their background, their work, the obstacles they have had to overcome, the impact of their conduct and their aspirations are then filmed and broadcast on electronic and social media. In collaboration with media partner Newsfirst, these stories will amplified and watched nationwide. Citizens can then vote for their favourite through SMS short-codes and the finalist with the most votes will be recognised as the winner of Integrity Idol 2018.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch of Integrity Idol 2018, TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said "A key component of the Integrity Idol campaign is public participation. By engaging with the public and highlighting the stories of public officials who serve with integrity, in at times difficult conditions, we hope to highlight the often unrecognised champions of integrity in the public service. We believe that the Integrity Idols will be an excellent example of the finest qualities of public service, for both current and future generations".

Citizens wishing to nominate a public official who goes beyond their call of duty to serve with integrity can do so by downloading the nomination form from www.integrityidol.lk. Nomination forms can also be requested over the phone by calling 0711 295295 / 0761 173344 following which arrangements will be made to post forms to the nominators. Nomination forms can also be collected from the TISL Head Office at 5/1 Elibank Road, Colombo 05 and our Advocacy & Legal Aid Centres in Matara and Vavuniya. The deadline for submitting nominations is July 31, 2018.

Conceptualised by Accountability Lab, an organisation which seeks to produce active citizens and responsible leaders around the world by empowering change-makers, the Integrity Idol campaign has already been successfully carried out in Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and Nigeria amongst other countries. Integrity Idol aims to champion integrity by “naming and faming” bureaucrats as positive role models. In doing so it hopes to inspire the next generation of responsible leaders.


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