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It is unlikely that PC polls will be held in 2019 prior to Presidential elections: Dullas Alahaperuma

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United People’s Freedom Alliance Dullas Alahaperuma has charged that the Provincial Council polls are unlikely to be held in 2019, prior to the Presidential Election, which is due in the 4th quarter this year.

Alahapeuma made the charge speaking in the House on Friday. He stated that the Chairman of the Elections Commission of Sri Lanka (ECSL) Mahinda Deshapriya has informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya that he will be forced to take legal action if Parliament does not take measures to make the necessary amendments to the Provincial Council Election Act so that the poll can be held by August. The Speaker had presented the NEC Chairman’s letter at the last Party Leaders’ Meeting held in Parliament.

He added that in that letter, Deshapriya has stated that the amendments to hold the Provincial Council Elections must be presented in Parliament at by 5 April the latest (yesterday) if the elections are to be conducted prior to August.

Expressing regret over the issue, Alahaperuma said:

“No amendments are seen today in the Parliament supporting the Provincial Council Elections. Presidential Elections should be announced on or before 5 October. Unless amendments are moved today, the Provincial Council Elections cannot be held within this year. Parliament is sitting again in May, and the agenda for 7 and 8 May are already prepared.”






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