SJB urges swift polls to elect LG bodies


A group of Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) MPs met with officials of the Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday (20) to discuss Local Government (LG) elections.

SJB General Secretary MP Ranjith Maddumabandara said that the party is calling for polls to be held promptly.

The SJB handed over a letter to EC Chairman Nimal Punchihewa emphasising that LG polls cannot be postponed citing electoral reforms as the law clearly says that LG polls cannot be postponed any further once postponed. It is required to announce election dates anytime by 20 September in keeping with the law.

It was stated that the EC is empowered to conduct LG polls and the SJB visited the Commission to discuss matters in this regard.

The law outlines that LG polls have to be held every four years and Provincial Council Elections every five years. The PC polls have been postponed indefinitely; therefore, the LG polls give people the opportunity to express their views on governance, the SJB noted.

By Nabiya Vaffoor