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PC polls: UNP, TNA, JO express similar views

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The United National Party (UNP), the joint opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), are of the view that the provincial council elections should be conducted under the previous system if it takes time for the new election laws to be operational.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met representatives of the political parties on Thursday evening to discuss matters relating to the elections. There is a gridlock regarding the new electoral laws which are delaying the provincial councils elections based on a mix of first-past-the post system and proportional representation.

The elections to three provincial councils are long overdue while the term of office of three more councils will expire in October.

TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran who attended the meeting told Daily Mirror the holding of elections in time was more important than the system which they considered was secondary.

He said the elections should be held under the old system if it takes time to approve the new system. Mr. Sumanthiran said the UNP and the JO were also of the same view.

He said a two-thirds majority could be secured in Parliament to repeal the new law enabling the elections to be held under the previous proportional representation system.

Blurb -- There is a gridlock regarding the new electoral laws which are delaying the provincial councils elections based on a mix of first-past-the post system and proportional representation. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Vernon Saturday, 11 August 2018 10:09 PM

    Holding of elections is of importance only to politicians and not for the public. We stand nothing to gain, other than some different set of crooks come to power to hoodwink us.

    Sun Sunday, 12 August 2018 01:08 PM

    Elections is just a waste of public funds . Take for instance the last local government elections, have we ever heard of the elected persons. In our polling booth people voted only for a symbol, they did not know the person they voted. Now it doesn't matter about electoral reforms just finish it off without wasting time in discussions.

    Sun Sunday, 12 August 2018 01:12 PM

    The best ever reform is that every cent spent on election propaganda must be accounted for. Setting up a stage with sound cost in the millions of rupees, it's the duty of the IRD to look into this matter


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