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Referring to a statement made by UNP National Organiser Navin Dissanayake that the party was gearing itself for a general election in April 2019, UNP MP S.M. Marikkar said today such an election was not necessary.

“We need a presidential election first instead of a general election. In any case, a general election cannot be held till February 17, 2019 because the current Parliament completes four-and-a-half year term on that day. You need to approve a resolution with a two-thirds majority to hold an election before that. Given the current circumstance, there is no way that a two-thirds majority can be secured by any party in Parliament,” Mr. Marikkar told a media briefing.

He said the President could declare a presidential election after January 8, 2019 and that it was preferable to hold a snap presidential election rather than a general election.(Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 5

  • samson Thursday, 27 December 2018 08:29 PM

    Presidential election is a priority, so have both after mid 2019.

    Martin Milton Friday, 28 December 2018 12:03 PM

    Yes a Presidential election will come first. However Sri Lanka is still struggling under a rather disunited Government of which the people are well aware. So it is up to the Politicians to recognise and understand this and have a General election as well, somehow. I am sure the opposition Leader Hon Mahinda Rajapaksa, Podujana Peramuna along with the UPFA, SLFP will be glad to support and give the necessary 2/3 vote to have this General election if it proposed in Parliament. So do go ahead. MM

    arjayewardene Friday, 28 December 2018 12:18 PM

    atop agitating abt elections. Get on with the job or else U won't be elected at all...

    GH Friday, 28 December 2018 01:21 PM

    People's rights can not be barred by your vested interest.

    upali Friday, 28 December 2018 02:11 PM

    In fear of election?

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