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In what seems to be an indication that the local government election may be postponed, the Election Commission Chairman Nimal Punchihewa has informed Party  General Secretaries that it will not be possible to distribute postal vote ballot papers from tomorrow (February 15).

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) General Secretary Ranjit Madduma Bandara told Daily Mirror that the Polls Chief confirmed that the distribution of postal vote ballot papers scheduled to be distributed tomorrow had been halted. 

“We told him not to go back on his word given to the Supreme Court. He assured the Supreme Court that the local government election will be held as planned and we told him to keep his word,” Madduma Bandara said.

“The polls chief also told us that he is not getting sufficient support from the Attorney General and indicated that he would refer the matter to the Supreme Court once again,” Madduma Bandara added.

UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara said the polls chief has indicated that the election will not be held as scheduled. 

“The Polls Chief confirmed that the government printers have informed him that ballot papers will not be printed until due payments are made,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 14

  • Man Tuesday, 14 February 2023 01:20 PM

    Action must be taken to file cases against the officers who prevent. That's it.

    Sunil Tuesday, 14 February 2023 01:27 PM

    All this is a planned action by the dastardly pin president and his cohorts to postpone the election and suppress the sovereign rights of the people. This is a right that had been upheld hitherto by all governments that ruled the country and this scoundrel is trying to suppress that, too.

    Liquidity Crisis Tuesday, 14 February 2023 01:40 PM

    When the country has a government that owes over 8 trillion rupees to its creditors including inter departmental creditors the entire cash flow cycle has come to a grinding halt. year old bills not settled for medicine, coal, ballot papers, buildings, fuel, list is endless. To revive the economy reduce the debt on paper at least start settling inter governmental creditors as a priority.

    Katu pol Tuesday, 14 February 2023 01:41 PM

    Trouble when there is a POL CHIEF.

    GIHAN Tuesday, 14 February 2023 01:44 PM


    Ram Tuesday, 14 February 2023 01:52 PM

    Politicians who control payments must be taken to task and charged for contempt of SC. President included. Contempt is criminal and he has no immunity over criminal charges

    Lala Tuesday, 14 February 2023 02:11 PM


    William Tuesday, 14 February 2023 02:20 PM

    DemoCRACY is CRAZY in this land like no other.

    johan Tuesday, 14 February 2023 02:25 PM

    Last two months the Govt.was trying different tricks to postpone the elections fearing defeat. Now the final trick they are playing is under the guise of they are trying to give some relief to the vulnerable in the society and they got cabinet approval.What a shame?

    Cheers Tuesday, 14 February 2023 02:27 PM

    Malimawa lost wenabawa danagena postpone karanawa

    Grace Tuesday, 14 February 2023 02:52 PM

    This is a valuable valentine day gift to people.

    Concerned Citizen Tuesday, 14 February 2023 03:51 PM

    Great stuff, so happy that the elections are to be cancelled. We aren't interested in any elections at this moment of time. Let the country stabilize and then think of having all three elections at the same time i.e Presidential, General and Local Govt.

    Buddhist Tuesday, 14 February 2023 05:28 PM

    IMF should take note that with the postponement of the elections, it has become clear that the government is not stable. Under such circumstances should IMF fund SL? Imagine funding a country where the government is not stable?

    Cherath Wednesday, 15 February 2023 07:37 AM

    Concerned Citizen - So what if it takes 10 yrs or 20 yrs to stabilise, are you suggesting Ranil and his 134 to run this country without a mandate? So far Ranil hasn't come up with a single plan to get over the crisis. He has been merely forecasting the doom and gloom while asking people to wait 6 months, 1 year....

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