Sri Lanka local councils would be held by January next year: EC

Vastavam web: Sri Lanka’s Elections Commission today announced that the polls in over 330 local councils would be held by January next year.The polls would be a test of the unity government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesimghe.”We are trying our best to hold the election. Failing in December we will definitely have the election in January,” Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said.The Tamil and Muslim parties feel that the current system of proportional representation would be more suited to ensure their representation.
Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa-led joint opposition has accused the government of subverting electoral democracy by opting to postpone elections for over two years.Sirisena and Wickremesinghe both did not want to face the electorate due to government’s poor performance, it claimed.The Parliament yesterday voted to give legal effect to amendments.The joint opposition abstained from voting for amendments expressing opposition to the Elections Commission s proposal to deny local level state officials from coming forward as candidates in their own areas of service.