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PM meets JO members on LG elections, electoral reforms

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday held talks with a group of Joint Opposition members on the subject of Local Government elections and proposed electoral reforms.

Unconfirmed sources said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa too had participated in the discussions held at Parliament premises.

The JO members had reportedly voiced concern on the move to ban Samurdhi officers from contesting LG polls.Meanwhile, Prime Minister's Media Coordinating Secretary Saman Athaudahetti, confirmed that there had been a meeting between the Premier and some JO members on LG polls.

He said, this was a part of ongoing discussions by the Premier with different political groups on the subject of electoral reforms.

However, when queried whether the former President too had taken part, Athaudahetti replied that he did not have information on the identity of the JO members who participated in the discussions.