Cer­tain par­ties at­tempt­ing to post­pone PC polls: Prez

DIS­CUS­SIONS WERE UN­DER­WAY WITH THE ELEC­TIONS COM­MIS­SION TO CON­DUCT THE PROVIN­CIAL COUN­CIL ELEC­TIONS SOON

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Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena yes­ter­day sug­gested that cer­tain par­ties were try­ing to post­pone the provin­cial coun­cil elec­tions by crow­ing over the Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion in­stead.

The Pres­i­dent said that six provin­cial coun­cils were de­funct at present and it was not a healthy sign of any democ­racy. He said this at a dis­cus­sion to cre­ate aware­ness among elec­toral or­gan­is­ers at provin­cial level. The Pres­i­dent said that the de­lay in con­duct­ing elec­tions went against the prin­ci­ples es­poused by the 13th Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion. He said dis­cus­sions were un­der­way with the Elec­tions Com­mis­sion to con­duct the Provin­cial Coun­cil Elec­tions and promised that it would be held soon.

Some par­ties are point­ing fin­gers at the Pres­i­den­tial Sec­re­tariat for not ap­point­ing Chair­men and Board of Di­rec­tors to the Cor­po­ra­tions and Stat­u­ary Boards in re­spect of min­istries though three weeks had lapsed since the ap­point­ing of the Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters and this idea was false.

He said that he does not take any re­spon­si­bil­ity for this as the rel­e­vant rec­om­men­da­tions have not been given by the Prime Min­is­ter and the rel­e­vant min­istries should be held re­spon­si­ble in this re­gard.

Pres­i­dent stressed that for the Chair­men and Board of Di­rec­tors of Cor­po­ra­tions and Statu­tory Boards it was com­pul­sory that the Com­mit­tee ap­pointed to give their rec­om­men­da­tions do their job and sub­mit them. A group in­clud­ing Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of the SLFP Ni­mal Siri­pala De Silva, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Dayasiri Jayasek­era, Par­lia­men­tar­ian Di­lan Per­era, for­mer Chief Min­is­ter of Uva Prov­ince Chamara Sam­path Das­sanayake were present at this dis­cus­sion.

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