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Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) Executive Director Keerthi Tennakoon said today the United National Party (UNP) was purposely delaying the Local Government elections by its representative not signing the delimitation committee report.

He said the UNP was adopting this strategy either because it was scared of facing the elections or was not confident enough to do so.

Mr. Tennakoon said the LG elections had been delayed by more than one and half years for the first time in Sri Lanka.

“Elections have been held even during the armed conflict and other disturbances. But this time the elections are being delayed in a tactful manner,” he told a news conference and added that by delaying the elections the government was blatantly violating good governance principles and the people's mandate.

Referring to the government’s plan to lease lands in Hambantota to a Chinese Company, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed he would inform the people about the agreement and highlighted the fact that the people had a right to know it before it was finalised.

He said one of the main criticisms against the previous government was its lack of transparency and its as the Hambantota Port, the Mattala Airport and Sooriya Wewa stadium were not economically viable. (Ajith Siriwardana)

 

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  • r86 Friday, 13 January 2017 07:31 PM

    A good move of Yahapalanaya. .. via DM Android App

    Dilip Friday, 13 January 2017 07:47 PM

    What's the point of having a powerful President in the country?

    Jagath Leanage Saturday, 14 January 2017 06:09 AM

    P.M. and president both scared to hold elections . They know very well outcome of it.

    Cheers Saturday, 14 January 2017 07:24 AM

    Democracy at its worst in sri lanka. Where are the european commentators who always voiced against the lrevious regime and have they gone to sleep. Anyway half of the previous PMS like in UK.canada and USA president has already lost their power. Ranil will go to the bin in all next elections in sri lanka.

    Jans Saturday, 14 January 2017 11:27 AM

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