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Colombo, Feb. 12 (Daily Mirror)- A total sum of Rs 20 billion is needed for the presidential and general elections, Director General Election commission Saman Sri Ratnayake said.

Ratnayake told journalists that he had already informed this matter to Parliament and to the finance ministry.

The Presidential election is due this year while the term of the present Parliament would end in 2025. However there are constitutional provisions for the President to dissolve Parliament anytime after it completes four and a half years of its term as per the 21st amendment to the constitution.

The government had pledged that the presidential election would be held this year while the opposition had alleged that there is a sinister move to abolish the Executive presidency without holding the presidential poll.


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  • Deva Monday, 12 February 2024 10:46 AM

    Have both on the same day.

    Streamlining Tuesday, 13 February 2024 10:37 AM

    Have Parliamentarian elections only. These parliamentarians will eventually nominate either the President or Prime Minister who will have executive powers. The other will serve as the assistant or just ceremonial duties. This will cut cost at all areas

    sam Monday, 12 February 2024 10:50 AM

    Hold both elections together and reduce the expenditure.

    Chryshan Monday, 12 February 2024 11:10 AM

    No matter how much it costs elections need to be held soon. Present robbers steel more than this every month.

    Vernon Monday, 12 February 2024 11:23 AM

    Please have both on the same day. It is easier for the administration, and costs would be less and would be easier for the voters also.

    joshua Monday, 12 February 2024 11:31 AM

    Trying to hind behind the cost?? No way, elections have to be held and the thieves have to be chased away

    Karalasingam Sivalingam Monday, 12 February 2024 11:53 AM

    During the past four years, the country has gone through trials,no doubt Ranil was able to bring relief to the masses, but, people feel an evtion would stamp out burning issues.

    Ram Monday, 12 February 2024 12:09 PM

    First shot fired. If chances no good for RW no elections due to no money in the Treasury

    amaran Monday, 12 February 2024 12:37 PM

    Government is planning to postpone one or both of the elections citing the cost. This is the FIRST STEP they are taking to postpone.

    Retired Doctor Monday, 12 February 2024 01:04 PM

    Election or eviction?

    Sambo Monday, 12 February 2024 01:41 PM

    The fund you spent for the independence day commemoration and the president's visit abroad is much more than this.

    Gaston Monday, 12 February 2024 01:49 PM

    And we pay Income Tax through our ars*es for them bringing in uneducated vendors and thugs to the election contest.

    Bimal Monday, 12 February 2024 03:06 PM

    The most educated were the bond scam syndicate and the many who ill-advised on tax cuts to the billionaire club Prof, Dr accountants

    Navin Perera Monday, 12 February 2024 02:03 PM

    Lets get together and kick the criminal scumbags out people.

    Tissa Fernando Monday, 12 February 2024 07:44 PM

    And let us appoint another bunch of hard-core criminals.

    Be Fair Monday, 12 February 2024 02:57 PM

    Should we really spend such a lot to elect Jokers?

    sam silva2 Monday, 12 February 2024 03:03 PM

    use an APP to vote - connect NIC and electorate and an OTP at the time of voting. to create the app u may need a billion or less.

    Lion Monday, 12 February 2024 04:48 PM

    It’s our fundamental right billions that is needed is also the money belonging to the people of this country, hold the election if not the country will start to burn when the people rise up against the illegal government

    Ron Monday, 12 February 2024 04:49 PM

    20 billion better get foriegn experties to take over permanently or temporarily until all crooks are sorted out let foriegn experties pick the President everything will fall in to place that will be a well spend money

    Tissa Fernando Monday, 12 February 2024 05:55 PM

    So, ask the political parties to bear the cost. Whoever who wins anyway will recover 200 times of their contribution.

    Gabriella Monday, 12 February 2024 06:04 PM

    Ask Bandula Gunawardena for a loan.

    Vadivelu Yogaratnam Tuesday, 13 February 2024 01:15 AM

    You don't need an election at least for another ten years until then let Ranil run the country, spend 20 billion on public services such as hospital priority.

    dotv Tuesday, 13 February 2024 03:17 AM

    It seem so expensive ..can we not have a plan to employ the paid public officials to conduct the duties at the polling booth and other professional duties as part of their daily duty ..so that expenses could be trimmed for this essential rite of a democracy ..elections held to exercise the sovereign power of the citizens of a country ...

    Lucas Tuesday, 13 February 2024 08:44 AM

    20 billion no worries but all politicians should be given a target to recover monies owing time fram if not take all personal asserts from failures asserts must be declared prior election wil they contest.....

    A Good Citizen Tuesday, 13 February 2024 10:14 AM

    Money was well spent on luxuries in all the overseas trips he made with his entourage during last 18 months and there is no money left to conduct any elections in the country! Chapter close !!! No money , No elections!!!


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