Po­lit­i­cal par­ties to dis­close stance by Oct.31

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY KELUM BANDARA

Po­lit­i­cal par­ties have re­port­edly agreed to in­form the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion prior to Oc­to­ber 31 about of their stance on the con­duct of pro­vin­cial coun­cil elec­tions .

Party rep­re­sen­ta­tives met the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Thurs­day and dis­cussed ways and means break­ing the cur­rent grid­lock on the polls.

The en­act­ment of a new law to change the elec­toral sys­tem in­volves the com­pli­cated work of de­lim­i­ta­tion and un­til that is done, the elec­tions can­not be con­ducted un­der the new law. The Com­mis­sion, at yes­ter­day’s meet­ing, said it could not call for elec­tions be­cause of the en­act­ment of the new law.

Min­is­ter Ak­ila Vi­raj Kariyawasam who rep­re­sented the UNP said he would hold talks with the po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the govern­ment and no­tify their stance be­fore Oc­to­ber 31. The Com­mis­sion is also known to have said the dead­line given to the De­lim­i­ta­tion Re­view Com­mit­tee headed by Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe could not be ex­tended in terms of the law.

Source: News re­ports

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