Govt urged to hold PC Polls according to new system

The forthcoming Provincial Council election should be conducted according to the new electoral system by resolving technical problems encountered during the recent local council elections, the Civil Society Action Committee on Provincial Council Elections has emphasized.

The election authorities should not try to steer the country back to the former election system Prof. Sudantha Liyanage, a member of the committee and Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences Sri Jayawardenepura University, said. He was speaking at a press conference at the National Library services and Documentation Board auditorium Colombo yesterday (August 2).

Prof. Liyanage said that even through the number of elected representatives increased at the local elections under the new system such a scenario will not occur during the Provincial Council elections under the new system.

He said the Civil Society Action Committee has already submitted its observation and analysis report on the Provincial Council elections system to the Speaker and Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister.

The government should study this report based on six subjects and take steps to hold the Provincial Council election according to the new system, he said.

Executive Director, PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi said that although people had a high literary rate in Education their literary rate on elections was still at a low level.

He said the terms of three Provincial Councils had already expired and the number of Provincial Councils which had to go for elections would become six before the year end.

Their report would help overcome all deficiencies in the new electoral system, he said. “If their proposals were implemented, there would be no need to postpone election anymore.”

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