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Do not delay LG polls: EC

30 July 2016 09:45 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya is reported to have emphasised at a meeting with Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Mustapha that the local authorities’ election should not be delayed any further.

The Minister held talks with Mr. Deshapriya and other key officials last Thursday.

The terms of all 335 local bodies lapsed at the moment. Therefore, the election is overdue.

However, the Elections Commission is facing a practical difficulty in taking action to conduct elections as the electoral wards, proposed under the new law, have not yet been announced in a Gazette notification.

A committee headed by Senior Public Servant Asoka Peiris has been appointed to make recommendations to iron out shortcomings in the creation of wards in the past.

The committee is expected to submit its report next month.

Mr. Deshapriya is also reported to have stressed that the report should be submitted as promised.
He has noted the Commission was subjected to unnecessary public criticism because of delay.

It is learnt that he wanted the authorities concerned to take steps for conducting the election by early next year at least.(Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 7

  • Perera Saturday, 30 July 2016 10:36 AM

    I thought the EC has the authority to decide when an election should be held.

    Bandu Saturday, 30 July 2016 10:40 AM

    He too seems to have noticed the Signs of the Times!

    Rohan Saturday, 30 July 2016 10:46 AM

    Hey EC, where have you been

    Wilbert Saturday, 30 July 2016 10:48 AM

    What, early next year

    ANTON Saturday, 30 July 2016 10:57 AM


    Anja Saturday, 30 July 2016 11:21 AM

    Time for UNP to go home. via DM Android App

    Ramsay Sunday, 31 July 2016 11:54 AM

    Under yahapalana only America and India have the absolute authority to do whatever they want in Sri Lanka

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