EC urges President to hold PC elections
By J.T. de Silva
Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to take necessary actions to pass a Parliamentary Act as soon as possible in order to hold the postponed Provincial Council elections.
In a letter sent to the President, Deshapriya stated, the Supreme Court had ruled that governing Provincial Councils through Governors and other officials without holding the Elections is not legal. This was when the petition SCFR35/2016 was heard.
The Election Commission on several occasions informed the former President, former Prime Minister, former Speaker of Parliament, all the Party Leaders and the Secretaries of all the recognised political parties the necessity of holding Provincial Councils Election as well, he added.
“When the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) ruled the country from November to December in 2018, the Cabinet approved the proposal presented to postpone the Provincial Councils (Amendment) Act in 2017 for a few years and to enact the old provisions of the Provincial Councils Act of 1988. The Election Commission is of the opinion that by enacting that proposal, the postponed Elections could be held soon,” Deshapriya said.
Furthermore, the Election Commission would inform the Premier, the Speaker and the party leaders about the matter as well, he added.