Will resign if PC polls not held before Nov. 10: EC Chairman

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  • Elections for 6 Provincial Councils overdue
  • Delimitation review committee should finalise report
  • Adjournment debate on PC polls end in absence of quorum
  • SLPP threatens legal action in SC against delay

 

By Diana Udayangani   

Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday he would resign from his post if the elections for Provincial Councils were not held before November 10. 

He told a news conference held at the Elections Commission that he would take this decision in protest of delaying PC polls for two years. 


Elections for the North Western, Central, North Central, Northern, Eastern and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils are overdue. The Elections Commission earlier said political parties should resolve the delay through Parliament. 
To achieve this, the delimitation review committee should finalise its report leading to the enactment of the new electoral system or bring in a fresh legislation approving to hold the election under the old system. 


UNP Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said a presidential election was more likely than a PC election whereas the SLFP said the PC poll should be held without further delay. Meanwhile, the SLPP too said elections for Provincial Councils should be held forthwith and that it would seek legal action in the Supreme Court against the delay.

 
The adjournment debate on Provincial Council elections was held in Parliament last Friday, but ended abruptly in the absence of quorum.    

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