SLFP CC to meet today

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LATE-CITY-DM-1-19By Sandun A. Jayasekera

The SLFP Central Committee (CC) is to meet this afternoon led by President Maithripala Sirisena, to take a final decision on the Provincial Council polls, SLFP youth front head, Shantha Bandara said yesterday.   


Mr. Bandara, who is also a former Deputy Minister told the media  that the CC meeting is also expected to discuss reorganization of the party, aiming at the forthcoming Provincial Councils, Presidential and Parliamentary polls and the government’s development programme until 2020.   


‘The conducting of PC polls to three provinces has been delayed for several months. The government as well as the joint opposition have dissenting views on PC polls, as a section from both sides want to conduct PC polls under the old PR system, while others want to hold elections under the new electoral system. Under whichever system the PC polls are to be held, there are many legal and constitutional barriers to overcome,” he said.   

 

The government could not launch any development programme as the economy was in dire straits. The policy changes under the new government were also an impediment


Mr. Bandara said Parliament sanction will be required if the PC polls are to be held according to the old system, as the new electoral system has already been passed. If the polls are to be held under the new system, the delimitation report has to be passed in Parliament and party leaders have to take the final decision on the issue.   


Commenting on the appointment of the Leader of the Opposition, he said the Speaker cannot technically appoint Mr. Dinesh Gunawardana, as he is a member of the UPFA and the UPFA is a governing party.   


Commenting on the re-organization of the party, he said the SLFP faced an electoral set-back at the local government polls.   


“The government could not launch any development programme as the economy was in dire straits. The policy changes under the new government were also an impediment. As such, President Sirisena is determined to introduce a sustainable development project covering all sectors under the ‘Gamperaliya’ project and introduce a development policy that would not be changed when governments are changed,” Mr. Bandara emphasized.    

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