Will hold presidential election first: Minister Ranjith

25 January 2019 02:28 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Public Administration and Disaster Management Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said that despite the claims, the government would hold the presidential election first.

He was the Chief Guest of the opening of the new building complex of six schools in the Bibila education zone. The project cost Rs.120 million and was funded by the “Nearest School is the Best School” programme.

Addressing the gathering, the Minister pointed out that the need of the hour was a national level election and not a provincial election to resolve the national issues.

He pointed out that the Pradeshiya Sabhas or the provincial councils would not be able to resolve main issues affecting the country.

“Our government was illegally dissolved, but the court decided that the parliament should not be dissolved until it completed a term in office for four years. If the present government was to be dissolved prior to March 2020, it would require a special two thirds majority in Parliament. It is still in question whether the provincial council and the parliamentary elections should be held under the old electoral system or the proposed mixed first past the post system and proportional representation. This should be decided by two thirds majority in parliament. Provincial council elections would be held up until it was settled by two thirds majority in parliament. With this in view, the government has decided to hold the presidential election this year” he said. (Prasanna Pathmasiri)

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  • Jude Friday, 25 January 2019 06:45 AM

    Okay the idea is good, presidential Election first!!! NOW who's the GOP Candidate !!! YEAH!???

    Jude Friday, 25 January 2019 07:31 AM

    All ideas and intentions are GOOD, but if the execution is POOR !!?? So is the Results!!!

    Samson Friday, 25 January 2019 08:31 AM

    PC's are not required first abolish or have long overdue PC elections and then a presidential and general together so that you will save money and not waste the poor mans money.

    Lalith Friday, 25 January 2019 08:42 AM

    It is the president only who could decide whether to hold the presidential election early. Otherwise it is the parliamentary election will be held first as per the constitution.

    Ranil Friday, 25 January 2019 09:20 AM

    No you are not correct. President term expires in 2020 Jan and parliament elections due in 2021. So president election should happen by Jan 2020. Besides the parliament is doing fine but not the presidency as courts has already declared he violated the constitution by dissolving the parliament last year.

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 25 January 2019 09:05 AM

    Mr. Minister - to hell with presidential elections and what not. Disaster Management is under your purview so do something constructive to eradicate the SENA disaster rather than the BS coming out of your mouth. Very soon the average household will have just a curry and coconut samba l with their meal of rice.

    Massdeen Friday, 25 January 2019 09:36 AM

    We don’t need Provincial Councils in such a small country like Sri Lanka, it’s a waste of Public money to maintain all the Councillors, it should be abolished completely

    Dumbo Friday, 25 January 2019 07:58 PM

    It is disgusting that the Government made amendments to the law to increase the no. of PRADESIYA SABHA members from 4,000 to 8,000 ! Was this necessary ?


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