Provincial elections no substitute for parliamentary poll – UNP

The government should hold a parliamentary election to test its true popularity, without wasting taxpayers money on uncalled for provincial polls, the UNP said yesterday.

Anuradhapura District UNP MP. P. Harrisson told a news conference in Colombo, that rigged provincial elections cannot reveal the exact support for the Mahinda Rajapaksa government."If the government is really interested in resolving the country’s pressing problems it should forthwith hold a free and fair parliamentary poll. This is the only way that a strong central administration can be established."

The government obviously believes that it can rig the Sabaragamuwa and North Central Provincial Council elections by violent methods, just as it did at the recent Eastern Provincial Council poll, he said."But superficial victories cannot contribute to establishing long lasting peace."

Uncalled for provincial elections costing Rs.440 million will further increase government expenditure resulting in the cost of living rising further. Ultimately it is the poor who will have to face the music, Harrisson observed.

Stage managed polls are being held to impress the international community that there is peace and democracy in Sri Lanka, but they are better informed than the government presumes, he said.

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