PC polls postponement decision hangs in the balance

by Zacki Jabbar

Amidst speculation that the Cabinet was to take a decision on holding elections to all Provincial Councils early next year, the matter had not been raised at yesterday’s meeting presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena, informed sources said.

They said it was the SLFP that wanted polls to the Eastern, North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Councils, which would be completing their terms later this year postponed, but some SLFP MPs and Ministers who were officially in the Maithripala Sirisena camp, but had links with the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction of the UPFA, had of late taken contradictory positions on the issue.

President Sirisena was faced with a dilemma since the UNP which had agreed to the postponement of PC elections so as to please the SLFP, would, if the stalemate was not resolved, publicly declare that it was ready for polls at anytime, sources noted.

The government said last week that it wanted to hold all local and Provincial Council polls together early next year and on the same day, with a view to saving financial resources, eliminating disturbances in the provision of services to the public, violence associated with election activities, electoral fraud and increased misuse of state-owned property.

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