PC elections should be held immediately under new or old systems: TNA

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The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) asserted yesterday that the government should enact new electoral reforms within the next two months to conduct the elections to the three provincial councils which are already overdue, or else revert to the old system to do so without any further delay.

The terms of the Eastern, North-central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils ended in October last year. However, the government enacted a new piece of legislation in the form of an amendment to the Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Act to introduce a new electoral system. The elections to these councils are withheld since then, pending the incorporation of these electoral reforms. The TNA is also a political entity that supported this exercise in Parliament at that time.

TNA MP for the Jaffna District M.A. Sumanthiran told Daily Mirror though the elections should be conducted, the laws were not in place for the purpose at the moment.

“The only way to hold elections is to resolve that issue immediately. It must be done within the next one or two months. If it cannot be done in two months, the government must repeal the amendment that caused this problem and hold the elections under the old system. Then, we can discuss the reforms leisurely. We are for reforms. But, they should not be used to delay elections,” he said.

Asked about elections in the North, he said the council was yet to be dissolved. Asked whether the TNA would nominate current Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran as the would be candidate, he said it was a failed project done last time. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Jaffna Tamil Monday, 02 July 2018 06:10 AM

    What an arrogant answer from Mr Sumanthiran when he was asked whether TNA would nominate the current Chief Minister Wigneswaran as the would be candidate.As a Jaffna Tamil I have to tell Mr Summanthiran “ You a Christian carry next to no weight in the 80% Hindu Tamil society ”.

    Ganesh Monday, 02 July 2018 03:49 PM

    Do not talk about religion and caste as a feudal barbarian. Recently your comments are obnoxious.You had better behave as a sensible man

    Sheri Monday, 02 July 2018 10:24 PM

    @tamil man from Jaffna - the tna man may be arrogant so are you and your comment religion! Whether Christian or hindu, you guys are from the same community including your clan from tamil nadu!

    Vila Monday, 02 July 2018 07:16 AM

    If you say so, we will do it immediately Your slavery servants,My3 and RW

    wickremasinghe Monday, 02 July 2018 12:50 PM

    Looks like the majority are the tamils in SRI LANKA.

    cheers Monday, 02 July 2018 08:43 AM

    Even the loyalist of the current yahapalanya is battering them now

    Arnold Monday, 02 July 2018 09:41 AM

    Elections kill Sri Lankan economy. Most businesses including the ALL IMPORTANT export trade comes to a stand still for at least a week due to labor absenteeism. Tourists are scared away due to the possibility of trouble.

    Banda Monday, 02 July 2018 06:15 PM

    So, you don't want elections, eh,

    Haramanis Monday, 02 July 2018 09:57 AM

    After TNA voting to postpone PC elections indefinitely, Mr Sumanthiran now want them immediately. Ho Ho what has changed in the equation???

    Hari mani Monday, 02 July 2018 11:42 AM

    Sumenthiran, if wiki was a failed project, what did u acieve for the northern voters? This man is too big for his shoe and heard he follows a religious agenda too!!!

    Ganesh Monday, 02 July 2018 12:45 PM

    Wigneswaran is not practical politician who does not know even administration so another savvy personal is needed not Senathiraja who is a useless fellow

    Kittens Monday, 02 July 2018 01:41 PM

    There is no religion in Politics,may be any religion Hindu,Christian,Catholic,Islam or Buddhist whoever may bethe Parliamentarians do their duty perfectly ,who is a truereligious man.

    Logan Monday, 02 July 2018 06:31 PM

    You are living in a different planet.

    raj Tuesday, 03 July 2018 01:52 AM

    are you making this statement after knowing that the election is going to happen on time even without your statement? If it is true, you are fooling Tamils by making this statement


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