LG Polls on Feb.10

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  • EC regrets polling date being announced before hand by politicians
  • Will not tolerate election law violations by anyone
  • Recognizes right of political parties to challenge rejection of nomination lists
  • Says will standby its position on rejections

 

This kind of action will create the perception that we are acting according to the whims of politicians

 

iku9oi8uiBy Sandun A Jayasekera and Kelum Bandara 

The local government elections will be held on February 10 next year, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday. 

 He said the date was selected after much deliberation but however, regretted the premature announcement of the date by some politicians.   


“This kind of action will create the perception that we are acting according to the whims of politicians. It is not the case. One can see how we will respond to any political authority if found violating the election law,” he told a news conference .   


Nearly 15,760,809 voters will be eligible to elect 8,293 members to 24 municipal councils, 41 urban councils and 276 pradeshiya sabhas on February 10 in what is believed to be the biggest ever election held in the country.   


Mr. Deshapriya expressed regret over the rejection of two SLFP nomination lists, six SLPP lists and the lists of several minority parties and independent groups. He said the nomination lists had been rejected solely on legal grounds and that he the other EC members would endorse the decision of the returning officers who rejected the lists. 

“We recognise the right to seek legal redress by the political parties or independent groups whose nominations had been rejected. In the event of legal action we are prepared to explain how and why the nominations lists were rejected,” Mr. Deshapriya said.   


 He said political parties and independent groups should pay extra attention when preparing their nomination papers because they could be rejected if not duly completed.   

 

 

  • Says he regrets the premature announcement of the date by some politicians because this kind of action will create the perception that we are acting according to the whims of politicians
  • Nearly 15,760,809 voters will be eligible to elect 8,293 members to 24 municipal councils, 41 urban councils and 276 pradeshiya sabhas on February 10 in what is believed to be the biggest ever election 
  • Expressed regret over the rejection of two SLFP nomination lists, six SLPP lists and the lists of several minority parties and independent groups. He said the nomination lists were rejected on legal grounds


iku9oi8ui“There are certain conditions to be taken note of to prevent the rejection of nomination papers. They are: Each nomination paper must be signed and duly certified by the party general secretary or his authorized representative and the leader in case of an independent group. The nomination papers must also be handed over to the returning officer of the respective district within the stipulated time with the total number of candidates permitted under the law. The nominations lists not having legally permitted number of female candidates will also be rejected. Either a lawyer, a notary public or a JP has to certify the signature of the party secretary and leader of the independent group. The candidates must give their consent to contest the poll in writing and an affidavit under Clause 7 of the Constitution is a must. Names of candidates who fail to adhere to these two conditions will be struck off from the nomination list no names will be added to fill the void. Their deposits will also be confiscated. When a candidate agrees to contest a local government body outside the LG area where he has been registered as a voter will have to prove that he or she is a voter of that area. A  receipt of the deposit payment must be attached to the nomination paper. Political parties and independent groups are permitted to appoint two polling agents to each and every polling station. He or she must not be an official of the respective local government body. Two counting agents are also permitted for each polling center as counting is done at polling centres.   Cabinet ministers, provincial ministers or MPs are not allowed to enter a polling station other than the one he or she cast votes. “The two-year delay to hold polls can be attributed to the problems of the first delimitation report, the sharp increase of the number of elected members and technical issues of the delimitation report,” Mr. Deshapriya said.   


The February LG polls will cover the nine provinces with more than 300,000 election officers deployed, 15.7 million registered voters and an estimated cost of Rs.3,000 million.   


Public officials must take the responsibility to prevent political parties or politicians exploiting public functions or public ceremonies like school prizegivings, distribution of state resources for political advantage.   


“However, we must admit that those government programmes cannot be stopped or postponed just because of an election. What we have to do is to take measures to prevent prospective candidates taking advantage of such events,” Mr. Deshapriya said.   

 


 

Postal voting applications till Dec.22

By Kelum Bandara and  Sandun A. Jayasekara

Mr. Desapriya said applicants should not wait till the last day to submit their applications.   


“They may post their applications on December 22. But, we will receive it later. There is no possibility to accept applications received after the due date,” he said and added that it would be  advisable if applications could be handed over to the nearest election office in their respective districts. 


The local government polls will be conducted on February 10, 2018. The nominations will close on December 21.  
The deadline for accepting applications for postal voting has been extended to December 22, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Desapriya said yesterday.

 


SLFP nomination list for Horana 

Snatched by disgruntled party supporter

 

Untitled-3By Darshana Sanjeewa   


The latest incident of election violence was reported from Horana on Saturday where the file containing the SLFP nomination lists was snatched by a person believed to be an SLFP supporter  disgruntled over his name not being included in the list.

Meanwhile, four people including a candidate were arrested by the police in connection with incidents of violence in various parts of the country in the run-up to next year’s local government elections.   
Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara said they had received seven complaints of election violence since December 9.   


He said six incidents were reported from Arachchikattuwa, Weligepola, Gampaha, Moragahahena and Ampara and the four suspects arrested were remanded till December 21.   


SP Gunasekara said nominations for 248 LG bodies were being expected from yesterday till December 21.   “Nearly 15,000 police personnel will be deployed countrywide on December 21. They have been instructed to take strict action to prohibit campaigning and parading during this period,” he said.   

 

The latest such incident was reported from Horana on Saturday where the file containing SLFP nomination lists had been snatched after assaulting party representatives

 

 

 

 

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