cial council election to be held under the new electoral system.He said so when he answered questions posed to him by journalists after a function at Arachchikattuwa yesterday (26).
Appointing committees is pointless
Meanwhile, UNP MP Mujibur Rahman says it is pointless to appoint committees in order to hold the PC polls, and wants the election held under the old electoral system within two to three months.
It is important parliament meets and decides to hold the election under the old system, he says, warning that if not, it could get delayed by years.
According to him, Colombo has been treated unfairly by the delimitation report.
Meanwhile, chairman of the election commission Mahinda Deshapriya says the PC polls could be held early January next year if the president gazetted the delimitation report within the next two months.
The speaker is empowered, upon agreement by the party leaders, to appoint a five-member committee headed by the prime minister in the coming days to reconsider the delimitation report which could not be passed on August 24, he said.
It will have four non-politicians and the speaker has recommended the names of four members, according to sources at the speaker’s office.
At talks between the speaker, election commission chairman and the delimitation committee, it was agreed to support holding the election in 2019.
Holding NPC polls
If the report is gazetted within two months following amendments, nominations can be called by end-October for the northern provincial council, whose term expires on December 25.
If the government agrees to hold the polls under the old electoral system, none of these are required, Deshapriya says.
If the committee to be headed by the PM hands over the report by mid-October, the election could definitely take place in January next year, according to him.
Meanwhile, provincial councils ministry secretary Kamal Padmasiri says it is not the responsibility of his ministry to formulate the delimitation report.