Prez seeks Cabinet approval for PC polls before May 31

30 January 2019 07:01 am - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday submitted a Cabinet memorandum seeking approval to conduct elections to the nine provincial councils on a single day before May 31 this year.

However, the Cabinet deferred the memorandum till next week and it would be taken up for consideration by Local Government and Provincial Council Minister Vajira Abeywardane.

In the memorandum, the President proposed that elections be held under proportional representation system and allocate 25 per cent of slots in the nomination lists to women candidates.

The elections to six provincial councils are long overdue. The term of office of the Western and Southern Provincial Councils are to end by April this year while that of the Uva Provincial Council will end in September. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Dee Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:09 AM

    We want a presidential election first!

    samson Wednesday, 30 January 2019 08:24 AM

    Good proposal if PC's are not abolished. Closely followed should be presidential and a general also.

    Shiva Wednesday, 30 January 2019 08:49 AM

    Dear Mr Dee If PC elections can be postponed why not presedential election

    janaya Wednesday, 30 January 2019 08:56 AM

    SLFP when honeymooning with RW, blocked all avenues in holding PC elections knowing the disastrous result mahinda mama would bring to him. now in mahinda mama's pocket trying to show that a possible win in PC election solely because of his popularity. MR be careful.

    cheers Wednesday, 30 January 2019 09:00 AM

    Use your executive powers and over rule the cabinet President

    Megan Wednesday, 30 January 2019 09:43 AM

    PCs are a burden imposed on us by Indians. We don't need these because poor people have to foot the bills. Have presidential elections first.

    Neil Wednesday, 30 January 2019 10:08 AM

    No benefit to the Country. One set of crooks will be replaced by another set of crooks. Country will go backwards. They are taking turns and robbing the Country.God defend Sri Lanka.


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