Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the newly-appointed members of the Elections Commission to speed up the process to hold Provincial Council elections as early as possible.
This was conveyed to the Elections Commission members during a meeting held at Mahinda Rajapaksa's official residence at Wijerama Mawatha in Colombo today.
The Premier instructed the officials to look into the possibilities of conducting the election either under the old or new system.
Meanwhile, the EC officials said the legal provisions in relation to the election had to be sorted out at the ministerial level and therefore, they pointed out that it would be ideal to hold the election under the old system this time.
The EC officials also raised the importance of appointing a Parliament Select Committee, as it requires amendments to the prevailing election laws.
In response, the Premier said that he had already discussed this matter with the Speaker. (Sheain Fernandopulle)