PC polls to be delayed using minor party proxies

Polls monitor warns

By Rathindra Kuruwita

The government was trying to delay the provincial council polls, scheduled for September, on the basis of some objections raised by smaller parties, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) warned yesterday.

Executive Director of CaFFE, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said that during the last few days leaders of some minor parties had been demanding that the PC polls be held under the old system and not the new mixed system, which, they said, created problems. However, they failed to mention that the Feb. 10 local government polls were one of the most peaceful elections and each and every village now had an elected representative and that the local councils have a lot of women.

Tennakoon said: "The new provincial council election amendment law was passed hurriedly, with last minute changes. These changes were made because the government thought they would be advantageous to it. But, with the electoral defeat on February 10, the administration is having second thoughts."

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