Aug 21, 2018

Govt. responsible for election delay – Election Com

The government should take responsibility for the delay in holding the elections, said the Chairman of the National Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya.

He told media, “There are important court verdicts in this regard which was given last December. The courts found the LG and Provincial Council Minister and the Elections Commission responsible for the delay. We went before court and said that until the LG and Provincial Council Minister approves the and makes the amendments to the act, we cannot hold the elections. Now they say that the government is responsible and now they say that under the Enforcement Ordinance the new act is invalid. We have told everyone to give us their stand in writing. If all this is sorted out we can hold the elections of the three remaining LG bodies at once either at the end of the year or beginning of next year. In fact we can have the election for all seven councils at once. We update these registers annually and only 140,000 will be added in 2018 but it should be more than 200,000. We have put up the draft on our web site and before September 6 if your names are not on the electoral register please write to the Elections Commission. It is not certain when the presidential election will be held after January 09. Otherwise they would not be able to vote for that as well.”

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