Holding PC polls UNP, TNA, JO express similar views

Published : 12:04 am  August 11, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (69) reads | 

MB-1-5By Kelum Bandara 

The United National Party (UNP), the joint opposition and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), are of the view that the provincial council elections should be conducted under the previous system if it takes time for the new election laws to be operational.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met representatives of the political parties on Thursday evening to discuss matters relating to the elections. There is a gridlock regarding the new electoral laws which are delaying the provincial councils elections based on a mix of first-past-the post system and proportional representation. 


The elections to three provincial councils are long overdue while the term of office of three more councils will expire in October.   


TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran who attended the meeting told Daily Mirror the holding of elections in time was more important than the system which they considered was secondary.   


He said the elections should be held under the old system if it takes time to approve the new system. Mr. Sumanthiran said the UNP and the JO were also of the same view.


He said a two-thirds majority could be secured in Parliament to repeal the new law enabling the elections to be held under the previous proportional representation system. 


Blurb — There is a gridlock regarding the new electoral laws which are delaying  the provincial councils elections based on a mix of first-past-the post  system and proportional representation

 

 

For us the system is secondary. What’s important are the elections

 


PC polls in six provinces in January ? 

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana   
Party leaders have decided to hold elections in six provinces in January next year and hold the debate on this matter on August 24 2018, informed sources said yesterday.   

They said the election to the six provincial councils in the  Eastern, Sabaragamuwa, North-Central, Central, North-Western and Northern Provinces was likely to be held in January next year while holding elections to the PCs in the Western, Southern and Uva Provinces thereafter. 

 
The sources said the debate on the elections would be held on August 24 between 11.00 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.