Local government election has not been declared legally and therefore, there is no question of a postponement, President Ranil Wickremesinghe stated today.
“An election has not been declared legally as there has not been a quorum when the election commission members decided on the date.
“There has been only two members present when the decision has been made on the date while the two members present had decided on the date and then inquired the view of the remaining members who were not present. The quorum of the election commission meeting is three legally therefore no official declaration of the local government elections legally,” the President said.
“Also the funds for the local polls has not been requested from the election commission. The request letter has been signed by the accountant at Elections Department.(Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)
Sunil Thursday, 23 February 2023 11:37 AM
Here is another one among the many ruses adopted by the pin president to evade the polls, knowing very well that this unholy alliance of the unp and pohottuwa is headed for an ignominious defeat.
Concerned Citizen Thursday, 23 February 2023 11:39 AM
Super.. we do not need elections at this current times. Lets get the country out from the mess it is in.
Tak Tik Tuk Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:02 PM
What circus is this now?
Gb Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:03 PM
What a bunch of bull
Ratasinghe Rose Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:05 PM
We are not stupid anymore to listen to your usual crafty reasoning. Simply tell us you are against holding any elections at all and wants to rule till 2048 and be the man to hoist the national flag celebrating a century of disorted indipen dance
Blessing Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:11 PM
He is talking about the validity and the loopholes in the procedure. Why he didn't declare it before candidates deposited the money?
William Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:17 PM
Wasnt a gazette notification issued? If so, does it mean that ALL gazette notifications issued are not legal?
saman Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:18 PM
You are absolutely correct, because most of the idiotic public servants and your slaves are appointed by Mahinda and you, so a herd of cattle has to be directed by the oldest Bull and not a Lion.
Voter Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:18 PM
Dilan Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:21 PM
It is not the president's job to decide whether the election illegal or not. That is the job of the judiciary. This man wants to act like a king who makes his own laws and be the judge himself.
Freedoms of speech vital Thursday, 23 February 2023 01:32 PM
If President knows of wrong doing he should speak up, especially since the costs are so high. Anyone can point out a potential wrong doing, just like you claim he is acting like a king. I don't like Ranil, but to muffle people is a restriction of freedoms. And of course Ranil is disgraceful in that way.
Lal Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:29 PM
Jagath Ekanayake Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:32 PM
Let's cancel all future elections on this premise till I die, because I don't want to go to prison.
chux Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:32 PM
Unbelievable it is officially declared pls release money soon to have the elections..
anura hettiarachchi Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:39 PM
It seems it is same like your appointment to parliament as a national list MP. It was not legal... So Mr. Present what is next?
pradeep Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:40 PM
Supreme court must intervene and reject this unconstitutional move by RR otherwise country will slump further and will lead another blood shell.
Don Thursday, 23 February 2023 12:54 PM
Now Sri Lankan judiciary must show the backbone and say we said Election Commission to go ahead with election as it was legal. President can’t change that. After not practicing law for many decades, he behaves like a kindergarten kid looks like he has dementia. Can someone bring a no confidence motion condemning him medically.
Jayantha Kothagoda Thursday, 23 February 2023 01:03 PM
We seriously need the JVP to eliminate these crooked politicians.
Grace Thursday, 23 February 2023 01:15 PM
You can ask for help from your blossom friend Arjuna Mahendran to hold elections
Mark Anandappa Thursday, 23 February 2023 01:18 PM
Was not the gazette issued declaring the date of the election? He taking the citizens for a joke
Robin Banks Thursday, 23 February 2023 01:24 PM
It is evident from his speech in parliament the chaotic and the disorganised nature of the president's cognitive process. The president lacks clarity and substance.
Niroshan Thursday, 23 February 2023 01:29 PM
Haha... No one can play with this man. What a brain. Politics at its best.
Something fishy about whole LG polls Thursday, 23 February 2023 01:30 PM
I always feel uneasy about anything to do with 13A, and seems like all 13A brought about things, the LG polls were also attempted with malpractice. It was just political pressure for it, and could be the SLPP were the insane ones who forced for the date, wanting it to fail all along.
Disciplinarian Thursday, 23 February 2023 01:42 PM
No doubt we need two states in one country. Did you all notice the behaviour of our “ parliamentarians”? A disgrace.
joshua Thursday, 23 February 2023 01:58 PM
a President who is off his tripods
Ram Thursday, 23 February 2023 02:06 PM
RW realised that polls not legally declared after nominating candidates from UNP. If he is so slow in understanding these minor issues, or does not know the law applicable he must quit the Presidency ASAP
Mizaru Thursday, 23 February 2023 02:26 PM
Move the Aragalaya inside the parliament. This has to be done by the opposition MPs. Do not let the “Pina” enter the parliament chambers. Setup camp inside the well and chase the Pina out.
Curious Thursday, 23 February 2023 02:46 PM
We can't conduct elections on time.We can't conduct school examinations in time. We can't announce the examination results in time. We take things for granted.
TJ Thursday, 23 February 2023 02:47 PM
But illegally, indefinitely postponed
Ranjith Thursday, 23 February 2023 03:06 PM
President think out of the box and come up new systems and solutions what you are talking now you have been talking for over last forty years, we are sick of you.
Vadivelu Yogaratnam Thursday, 23 February 2023 03:08 PM
U don't need any form of elections for another minimum 10 years at least Mr Ranil until u put the house in order,get rid of all thieves from parliament first .
Nihal Dharmatileke Thursday, 23 February 2023 03:21 PM
banana republic Thursday, 23 February 2023 03:33 PM
Ranil and his supporters who are sabotaging the election must realize that they are treating the People of this country as fools. This will further prove what the JVP has been telling for many years. The country has been ruled by a group thugs for years and this must end.
Sunil Thursday, 23 February 2023 03:53 PM
People should not for the UNP again.
Bernard Jayatilake Thursday, 23 February 2023 04:10 PM
It is dictatorship in the guise democracy violating rule of law to twist it in favour of the ruling party and its new-found elephant party as dictated by the infamous nepotism clan who rule the roost from behind the curtain.
Voter Thursday, 23 February 2023 04:13 PM
Then why United National Party (UNP) handed over nominations to the Local Government elections if the election was not legally declared?
Dharmatileke Thursday, 23 February 2023 05:12 PM
If not do it now.
Man Thursday, 23 February 2023 05:21 PM
It is possible to determine the persons behind the threat on the Commission members including forced resignation.
Dion Thursday, 23 February 2023 05:27 PM
Mr. Bean as usual. This guy is crazy
We have been taken for a ride! Thursday, 23 February 2023 05:57 PM
Sri Lankans, please focus on scientific education, not religious education. We have been fooled by past generations and now our politicians are taking us for a joke!
Lam Thursday, 23 February 2023 06:02 PM
President has displayed the uniqueness of the democracy and we'll done ...I don't know if he is setting any good example for next generation of youths in politics...He has tried to copied Donald Trump in a way and I don't know if he can fool all our political experts and pundits... Academics and political scientists and lawyers will be furious about this political madness..
Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 23 February 2023 06:22 PM
Rejected by 98% of voters. Happy to be the poodle of Rajapakse's. Hope IMF see's Sri Lanka is now a dictatorship.
Nm Thursday, 23 February 2023 07:22 PM
This shows how smart the man is. He is much smarter than the entire opposition taken together.
Demuni de Silva Friday, 24 February 2023 05:24 AM
Probable situation of a President with unsound mind or craziness was predicted by Dr. N M Perera at the Pariament, 45 years ago. Today, we have had to experience it.
Lanka Shantha Friday, 24 February 2023 06:03 AM
Dear not legally elected President, we know after the last General Election which you had not selected even as a Member of Parliament, you hate elections.
shashimal samaraweera Friday, 24 February 2023 07:27 AM
look whos being hoodwinked for the umpteenth time
Cherath Friday, 24 February 2023 07:35 AM
President's party the UNP went and placed deposits duly, while its leader is declaring that LG polls has not been legally, formally declared! The World will note that this President couldn't win a single seat to the parliament. And now he is dictating terms and conditions even after the LG polls have been gazetted! Is he the Judiciary as well as Executive?
Punchi Friday, 24 February 2023 07:46 AM
Why do we need a parliament. We need to formalise the current behind the throne the Sanga rule. This will bring all sorts of greater benefits to our foremost superior paradise
Ranjith Friday, 24 February 2023 08:08 AM
If you are a clever person you should have the local government elections and also drive the country forward no point yelling day and night saying you don't have money for the elections this shows you are a incapable person, this was reason people have no faith and trust in you.
Sambo Friday, 24 February 2023 08:31 AM
If knows what legal is then he should know that is is holding the post of president illegally.
DOT Friday, 24 February 2023 09:22 AM
By an Extremely legally appointed HE.
Basheer Friday, 24 February 2023 09:25 AM
So why UNP filed nomination ?
suresh olagama Friday, 24 February 2023 10:20 AM
This is Ranil in his element. doing what he knows best, undermine, destabilize, sabotage, disrupt, create chaos. - His Uncle thought him this. and the gullible idiots in parliament.. knowingly or unknowingly.. are caught in it ....
Sangaralingham Tuesday, 28 February 2023 05:02 PM
Fix the economy.feed and educate citizen.maintain good health care.find good educated candidates with good and efficent leader.thinks if not change elections serve less rewards.citizens think ad vote for wualfied citizens entering the race when economy is changed for the better.less hunger more motivation among vitizens
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