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Colombo, April 3 (Daily Mirror) - The attempt by some MPs to dissolve Parliament by passing a resolution has proven to be a futile exercise as the required number of 113 MPs cannot be mustered, a parliamentarian who wished to remain anonymous said.

Previously, SLPP stalwart Basil Rajapaksa, in his meeting with President Ranil Wickremesinghe, asked for the dissolution of Parliament to declare a snap General Election ahead of the Presidential Election which is constitutionally scheduled for October, this year.

Later, Daily Mirror exclusively reported that the President will not go for a parliamentary election before the presidential election. Against the backdrop, some MPs loyal to Mr. Rajapaksa, gave mind to pass a resolution in Parliament calling for the dissolution of the House to go for a snap general election.

However, the attempt has been unsuccessful because most MPs are not ready for an early general election.

The General Election is otherwise scheduled for 2025 only. In the meantime, the Election Commission is required to issue the notice declaring the presidential election towards the end of July or early August so that polling could take place on a day between September 17 and October 18. Daily Mirror reported earlier that polling would take place during the first week of October.

Any General Election before will only exhaust the Commission. Also, it will cost taxpayers another Rs.10 billion. The President has the power to dissolve Parliament at any time now in terms of the Constitution. Still, he sought a resolution from Parliament to prove that the majority of MPs want such an election.

Meanwhile, the political parties including the SLPP and the United National Party (UNP) led by the President are planning to have mega May Day rallies this year in a show of power ahead of vital elections pending for the year.


  Comments - 37

  • M perera Thursday, 04 April 2024 06:38 AM

    How the hell does Basil get to call the shots again.

    johan Thursday, 04 April 2024 01:20 PM

    With one ballot paper President

    DOT Thursday, 04 April 2024 06:42 AM

    Its funny , almost all the political parties have money for "Mega May Day" but the reality of daily wage labor is pathetic!

    Citizen Perera Thursday, 04 April 2024 07:21 AM

    Come to think of it, how can a man who is a US duel citizen and not even an elected MP have so much influence over MP`s in a Government of Sri Lanka? SLPP Corruption cant be that deep surely? There is something radically wrong with this governing system system.

    Ama Thursday, 04 April 2024 07:26 AM

    6.9 million elected an incompetent government to destroy the country. If people still place trust on them, that means THEY ARE REAL FOOLS.

    Cunning Fella’s and Must Be Removed Thursday, 04 April 2024 08:03 AM

    Cunning fellas! Using Ranil to clean up and take the blame first in 2022. Once he’s got the situation under control, wants him out. Hope voters will see the clear picture by now and throw them out once and for all. Most just want the parliamentarian seats for the perks and continue to get the necessary kick backs from any business deals in the next term to maintain their lavish lifestyle. Cunning people!

    Hungry wolves lurking in the shade! Thursday, 04 April 2024 08:35 AM

    Basil may be the Pambaya presented to the news, on some MPs wanting a general election, but is this the whole truth? What about those Ministers and SLPP hierarchy who lost their clout and their source of income? There are still some more blood suckers hiding in the bush waiting to come back to power, some the public know and others not very prominent.

    This is reality Thursday, 04 April 2024 08:39 AM

    Do the people really care which election comes first? But one thing is certain - come whatever election the people seem to have already made up their minds. This talk of floating votes is just rhetoric.

    SL public needs Professional advice Friday, 05 April 2024 01:08 PM

    Totally agree with you. However these morons will do anything to stay in power. That’s why those professionals in political studies should advise the general public which elections to be conducted first. Then only we’ll get hardcore nation building and people centric politicians running the country.

    Lk Thursday, 04 April 2024 08:43 AM

    Whatever they do ...this time people have learned their bitter lesson in Politics.. Now people have mastered the arts of politics.. Do not you open your eyes to see what ladies do in politics in each district.. These outdated politicians are living in a stone stage in politics... World has changed in politics in sri Lanka ..people waken up ? They are not ready to be fooled by Ranil and co. You can have many May day function but people will their verdict in elections. Unless There is a coup ; we will see a lot of changes in politics in sri Lanka Unless some fraud and corruption in voting there will be a real change in politics this time Unless some MPs are doing some dirty politics to win votes from back door there will be a change in politics .. Unless ; unless ; unless all Ranil does his crafty things there will be change in politics in sri Lanka soon... If people decide what these crafty MPs can do ?

    Lion Thursday, 04 April 2024 08:45 AM

    Last attempt By some of the crooks to remain in power has failed.

    joshua Thursday, 04 April 2024 09:12 AM

    Deal master Basil trying the save the sinking ship of SLPP rogues. Get lost.

    Royb Thursday, 04 April 2024 09:37 AM

    Only insane will go a GE because all SLPP parliamentarians including those who held Ministerial positions under MR

    CitizenP Thursday, 04 April 2024 10:15 AM

    Who is this Basil Rajapaksha....American Citizen involved in Srilankan Elections.....

    Roshanlay Thursday, 04 April 2024 10:18 AM

    Specially the Ministers will not support for the General Election early, because they know that they will loose. They want to get the maximum being MP.

    N.M. Perera Thursday, 04 April 2024 10:56 AM

    Need of the Hour is a UNP/SJB Coalition Government. RW/SP combined.

    Prof. W.M. Piyaratne Thursday, 04 April 2024 11:05 AM

    Anyway, either they dissolve the parliament or do anything, but for sure there will be a close contest between SJB and JVP no other parties. No one is bothered about SLPP or UNP consists of rogues.

    David Appuhamy Thursday, 04 April 2024 11:06 AM

    Potuwa and Rajapakshes are only panic, none others.

    K. Karupiah [Ex-Principal] Thursday, 04 April 2024 11:09 AM

    Both elections will take place this year and no-one can make any changes. RW and his rowdies of Potuwa will have to fly a kite.

    Sunil Thursday, 04 April 2024 11:11 AM

    Country is gradually heading to a huge choas under SLPP

    dinesh Thursday, 04 April 2024 12:20 PM

    yes all trying to enjoy at least another day more of perks as seems most will loose it when a new election comes...

    Rajiv De Silva Thursday, 04 April 2024 12:21 PM

    They all worked betterment of our lives, how sad.

    DOT Thursday, 04 April 2024 12:26 PM

    They never learn a lesson!

    johan Thursday, 04 April 2024 01:20 PM

    With one ballot paper President

    KD Thursday, 04 April 2024 01:46 PM

    Country will be finished with JVP-NPP. 10-20 years will be a lost land like Cuba or Zimbabwe or Lebanon. Unless people wake up. Dont throw the baby out with the bathwater. Dont vote for JVP just to show SLPP and UNP a lesson, because you will be ensuring there is no country left in the process.

    Krish Thursday, 04 April 2024 05:45 PM

    Insanity is described as doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results.

    Ram Thursday, 04 April 2024 02:00 PM

    Next option may work to have both elections on the same day. This will further cripple the country as Parliamentary seats will be divided with SJB or JVP not getting 70 seats each

    Mahila Saturday, 06 April 2024 06:56 AM

    Ram, When fellows voting, don't know who are to be voted and who should not be voted in (Criminals or Good Fellows) How do you expect them, UNWORTHIES to discern, the difference between good and evil or PE or GE Ballot paper!!!??? Further, that would be undemocratic as the successful, Parliament or President may not have the choice get his candidates to be nominated!!!??? That would amount to Soviet Russian Democratic methodology!!! We don't need that!!!???

    GERIATRIC INCOME TAX PAYER LAST 48 YEARS Thursday, 04 April 2024 02:05 PM

    May day rally is WORKERS' DAY! We are retired private sector employees without Pension. Paying Inome Tax last 48 years. STARVING NOW... Whay May Day for us?

    NIshantha Thursday, 04 April 2024 02:25 PM

    But the one ballot paper did much better than the 6.9M vote elected run away President

    Jonny Thursday, 04 April 2024 02:30 PM

    Ranil aIya knows the law and arithmatic.

    LORD GIVE OUR PEOPLE THE WISDON TO VOTE FOR A BETTER FUTURE AND OUT OF SUFFERING Thursday, 04 April 2024 02:51 PM

    IT IS VERY CLEAR THAT THOSE SLPPWHO VOTED AGAINST THE GENERAL ELECTIONS PLAN TO MERGE WITH UNP CLEARLY STATED ABOVE AND GO FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, SO THAT THEY GET MINISTRIES AND CONTINUE BEING CORRUPT WHILE RANIL RETIRES EARLY. WE EACH HAVE ONE VOTE AND IF EACH ONE USES THEIR VOTE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THEIR OWN CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE BROADER VIEW BY FOLLOWING THE POLITICS FOR THE PAST DECADES, SRI LANKA WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE ON WITH A NEW GOVERNMENT. LAST CHANCE TO BRING THOSE CORRUPT INDIVIDUALS BEFORE A COURT OF LAW AND CONFISCATE THEIR ILLGOTTEN WEALTH.

    sam Thursday, 04 April 2024 03:55 PM

    Most MP's are aware that they will not get reelected.

    Ranjith Friday, 05 April 2024 08:08 AM

    Ranil is going to contest presidential elections as an independent candidate what a joke is this , he is backed by SLPP ,why should UNP supporters vote for Ranil he is independent and back by SLPP and he is safeguarding the Rajapakses and their mafia

    Nakipalan Hangimuttam Friday, 05 April 2024 10:00 AM

    Myna tell your group to bring a noconfidence motion against the one you have given the PiIN CHANCE! Then all will be fine!! Kaputa is flying everywhere! Myna is rolling the ball everywhere. NaRa has no education and do not know where to go! What a mess you have done Myna!! Go away quickly!!

    Ranjith Friday, 05 April 2024 06:42 PM

    We will vote for Ranil only if he contest the presidential elections from the UNP as UNP leader under UNP symbol Elephant not otherwise.

    Patcitz Saturday, 06 April 2024 12:13 AM

    Where remains the DEAD UNP? to talk about the political issues, that have only rights to discuss with the existing parties that are being represented by elected MPs who were mandated by the very people.


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