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Letting officials to run PCs tantamount to dictatorship: EC

23 October 2018 07:24 am - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has sent a hard-hitting letter to the government and recognized political parties informing them that getting officials to run provincial councils was undemocratic and likened it to an administration of dictatorship.

The Elections Commission said this letter had been sent to the Provincial Councils and Local Government Ministry and other recognized political parties.

The letter said that a bureaucratic rule was just like the twin brother of dictatorship.

Mr. Deshapriya told our sister paper Lankadeepa that the Delimitation Review Committee of the Prime Minister was in operation at the moment and that its report was due in a week.

He said the commission was expecting to commence the process to hold the provincial council elections from the first week of November.

Meanwhile, the tenure of the Northern Provincial Council is due to expire tomorrow, and by now the tenure of six provincial councils have expired and their administration have been handed over to bureaucrats. (Ranjan Kasturi)

  Comments - 9

  • Lalu Tuesday, 23 October 2018 07:50 AM

    Sir, The PC system itself is not required for this small country. It was thrust down our throat by our neighbour and drains out our resources with a duplicate Government.

    Kamal Tuesday, 23 October 2018 05:14 PM

    You have pointed out the fact very correctly. This was introduced to settle so called ethnic problem.Yet war continued another 22 years, Only beneficiaries from PC system are those who are elected and their henchmen. Lets abolish pc at least now.

    Unchikun Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:14 AM

    We are fed up with these Provisional Councils and the members, They are white elephants and need to be done away with, As for you, you want elections and that is your job, If no elections you GO home.

    sobers Tuesday, 23 October 2018 08:27 AM

    Public officials and intelectuals, specially private sector managing PC's would be far much better than the corrupt politicians. Do remember, if you have a referendum to know the necessity of PC's more than 2/3 would vote as "Not in favour". People are fed with PC's, as they are a waste on public funds.

    lkboy Tuesday, 23 October 2018 09:28 AM

    PCs are a waste of money, whether North or South!

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 23 October 2018 10:15 AM

    As long as the provinces are not converted into federal states they are pointless and a waste of money

    Kamal Tuesday, 23 October 2018 05:16 PM

    SrI lanka is too Small to have nine governments whether federal or not

    Suren Tuesday, 23 October 2018 06:47 PM

    Here people are commenting that the PCs are white elephant. This is absolutely wrong. PCs are not empowered to handle the regional issues. There are regional issues which could not understand by Colombo corrupt politicians and business people. This is why country is not developing.

    GH Wednesday, 24 October 2018 11:03 AM

    This is an utter DRAMA!


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