Chairman of Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has stated that polls for local government bodies could be held on or after January 20, 2018.
He explained the inability to hold the local government polls on December 30 or 31 since state institutions carry out their audits before the turn of the year and no one will be able to take leave.
"The only other available date would be mid-January and we cannot hold the polls on that day as well because of Thai Pongal. Therefore the next available date would be January 20 next year," he said.
He added that however the Election Commission will consider whether it will be possible to hold the elections on January 6, 20 or 21 as it likes to hold the elections as soon as possible.