PM: Party leaders can decide on LG poll date

Published : 9:05 am  September 7, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (81) reads | 

LATE-CITY--DM-1-6By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana

Party leaders could decide on the date of the Local Government elections and on rectifying shortcomings of the Local Government Election Amendment Bill, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament yesterday.

 

The Prime Minister made this remark in response to a question raised by Joint Opposition MP Dallas Alahapperuma in the House last afternoon.


“There may be shortcomings in the Local Government Election Amendment Bill but it will not be possible to hold the polls if we resort to rectify them now,” he said. 


The Prime Minister said it was better to hold the polls now and rectify the shortcomings later. 

 

 

The Local Government elections will be more or less an experiment. However, party leaders can decide on the shortcomings of the Bill

 

“The Local Government elections will be more or less an experiment. However, party leaders can decide on the shortcomings of the Bill,” he said.


MP Alahapperuma said there were serious shortcomings in the Local Government Election Amendment Bill such as wording of the clause, which made the parties to nominate 30 percent of youth to each local body, the cutoff point and the bonus point.  

 

It was the Joint Opposition which had been fighting against the delay in holding these elections

 

These he said should be rectified.


Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella, who joined the cross talk at that point questioned as to whether the Joint Opposition was trying to get the election postponed. 


“We must hold the polls now,” he said.


Mr. Alahapperuma who responded said the Joint Opposition had no such intention. 


“It was the Joint Opposition which had been fighting against the delay in holding these elections,” he said.