No decision has been made to postpone local government elections despite requests by certain members of political parties to postpone the elections due to the prevailing flood situation, the Elections Department said today.
A senior department official said that local government elections will still be held on March 17 as planned. “The Elections Commissioner intends to go ahead with the local government elections on the set date as planned. So far no changes have been made and it is unlikely that any changes will be made to the date of the elections,” he said.
The Eastern, Central, Uva, North Central Province have been vastly affected by floods.
In early January the TNA and SLMC requested the Elections department to postpone the local government election process due to severe floods but no changes were made.
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) General Secretary, Marvi Senadhiraja said recently that local government election contestants were unable to go into the flood affected areas for campaigning due to the prevailing flood situation and the lack of food and sanitation.
“How can we go to these people and ask them to fill up a form when they are struggling to survive in these dire conditions,” he said. (Olindhi Jayasundere)
What a pity for minister WW. Election Dept should at least have waited for another few days to announce this. WW sometimes your ideas may not bloom
Sam Monday, 07 February 2011 06:27 AM
Who cares? As long as they get their vote everything is ok.
Just Another Citizen Monday, 07 February 2011 06:36 AM
Yes very true. I can imagine the headlines 'People Brave The Elements To Cast Their Vote'
malkanthi Monday, 07 February 2011 07:26 AM
The biggest and the most expensive disaster was the War, now it is Natural disaster we've ever faced. We're going to have to spend significant amounts of money on a one-time basis. We will soon witness another disaster, the tumbling politicos over their own bluff.
Ravana Monday, 07 February 2011 07:35 AM
It will DEFINITELY be postponed ! Specially after this statement.
I Hussein Monday, 07 February 2011 08:57 AM
Contestants were unable to go into the flood affected areas for campaigning? No need to campainge, They the voters know all of you so well. After all what is there to promote or promise? Sun Moon and Stars??.....All other things have been promised and broken every promises.
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