In the event a referendum is needed, the Elections Commission will issue a gazette announcing elections for Sabaragamuwa, north central and eastern provinces, whose terms end on 26 September.
The government has also decided to hold the local government elections early December.
Opinion polls suggest it will be disadvantageous to hold elections for the PCs before the LG polls.
Therefore, leading government figures are of the view that holding a referendum first will be good for the government.
They also noted to the president that at all other elections, the forces that were united on ‘January 08’ will contest separately, and therefore, it was productive to unite them at a referendum.