LG elections in January: EC Chief

2017-09-12 20:40:08

The Local Government elections are likely to be held on or after January 20, 2018, Chairman Elections Commission (EC) Chief Mahinda Deshapriya said today.

"The elections cannot be held in December this year because of the GCE ordinary level examination. The Commissioner of Examination has asked us not to hold elections on the available date of December 9, 2017" the EC Chief said during the signing of an MOU with the Asian Network on Free and Fair Elections last afternoon.

"It is not possible to hold elections on December 30 or 31st because state institutions carry out their audits before the turn of the year no one will be able to take leave. The only other available date would be mid January and we cannot hold the polls on that day as well because of Thai Pongal. Therefore the next available date would be January 20 next year," he said.

The EC said the Municipal Council, Urban Council and Pradeshiya Sasha Ordinances would have to be amended to make provisions for the 40/60 ratio under the proposed mixed system. “Therefore Parliament has not put the ball on our court to go ahead with the elections," he said.

Meanwhile, he said the Elections Commission would have to issue notice declaring elections to three provincial councils -- Uva, North Central and Sabaragamuwa on October 2, 2017 if the proposed 20th Amendment is not duly passed by then.

“If the election is declared in October it has to be held in December 6 this year. However the views of the examination commissioner will have to be sought as the Ordinary level exam will also be held around that time,” the EC said.(Yohan Perera)


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  Comments - 9

  • r86 Tuesday, 12 September 2017 21:18

    Poya day is there in January..and 8th of Jan Yahapalana day...cant we postpone to Feb end... via DM Android App

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    Truth Wednesday, 13 September 2017 08:42

    All we see is they (govt) want to postpone the election as much as possible. because they know they are in a bad wicket if they go for an election. This election will never come till 2019 end.

    Reply : 2       8

    Bannis Bonny Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:40

    Uncle don't need any elections in SriLanka hereafter, you also relax.

    Reply : 1       6

    Dennis Reeves Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:41

    Did people ask for Elections? No.... so why worry?

    Reply : 6       3

    ANTON Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:45


    Reply : 2       2

    Prof. Willy Weerakoon Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:48

    Not in a hurry for elections EC.

    Reply : 1       2

    Jal Perera Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:50

    Why the public money in billions spent on elections? Utterly a waste, instead feed the poor and needy, bring down the cost of living... arrest the Political thieves.

    Reply : 1       3

    cheers Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:52

    Election commissioners coming colours are no good and his final time of the job as well

    Reply : 1       6

    Ronnie Bugger Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:57

    Mr. Election Commissioner, why not instruct all these 'sabhas' to hang a 'bala kiri dosha' notice on their main doors/gates, etc. It can read - chandaya ada novei, janavari masay.

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