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PC polls should be held on same day: Minister Champika

11 January 2019 05:50 am - 5     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Provincial Council elections to the nine provinces should be held on the same day, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said yesterday.

He expressed these views addressing civil society activists who contributed in defeating the recently carried out political coup from October 26.

“It is obvious that there have been issues in the electoral system. That’s why the PC election got delayed for one year. Hence, all parties should come to a common conclusion as to how they are going to hold the election,” the Minister said.

“The terms of some provincial councils have expired resulting in uncertainties prevailing in those provinces,” the Minister added.

The Minister said political parties in Parliament should come to an agreement on the electoral system before finalising the election.

“Most of the parties are in protest of the new system after the outcome of the LG polls,” the Minister said.

He said party leaders had a right to come to an agreement on the electoral system and expedite the PC election.

Meanwhile, he said they would not whatsoever allow this country to become a federal nation as per the wishes of some individuals.(Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 5

  • anura Friday, 11 January 2019 08:15 AM

    Mega polis minister just talk for the sake of talking to postpone elections. His suggestions are not practicable. He talks about things that are not going to happen due to the mind set of Muslim and Tamil politicians.

    Samson Friday, 11 January 2019 08:29 AM

    It appears all parties are happy postponing this overdue election. Can we have this as early as possible.

    Neo Friday, 11 January 2019 03:08 PM

    Which mean not before the presidential election. A win for pohottuwa in provincial election will be an advantage for Gota in presidential election

    lkboy Friday, 11 January 2019 04:57 PM

    Provincial councils are a waste of money.

    sen Friday, 11 January 2019 07:04 PM

    Some provinces do not have peoples' representation more than one year, some still not over, its undemocratic PC elections postponing further ,Ranawaka's intention is clear, he doesn't won't affect results of first councils on rest, assuming minority votes will make swing to there side

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