PC polls delayed because of political parties: PM

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By Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe informed Parliament yesterday that Provincial Council Elections were delayed as political parties had been unable to come to an agreement on the electoral system.

He told Parliament that he had discussed with political parties, Chairman of the Elections Commission and the Speaker regarding the matter and added that political party leaders had been unable to reach a consensus on the electoral system.

“Some leaders were of the opinion that election should be held under the old system temporarily, while the others were yet to take a decision,” 
he said.

In response to a question raised by Joint Opposition MP Dallas Allahapperuma, he said there were shortcomings of the recently enacted electoral system for the Local Government bodies and added that it could lead to unstable administration in Provincial Councils as experienced in the most of the LG bodies.

The Premier said an amendment should be brought to the electoral system if needed before the debate on the delimitation report.