Posted on 10.14.2021 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
Newly appointed Finance Minister, Basil Rajapaksa announced the government is focusing the need to resolve legal impediments to conduct Provincial Council elections by March.
He added that opposition parties have also signaled collective support to the passage of a Bill to overcome legal impediments in order to hold PC polls as soon as possible.
Minister said he took part in the meeting of the Parliamentary Select Committee that was appointed to identify reforms of the election laws and the electoral system and to recommend amendments.
Provincial Councils are defunct for years without polls and they are currently administered by governors after they brought under Presidential rule.
It is noted that the Government announcement came days after the visit of India’s Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla who was here for a four-day official visit.
During a meeting with Tamil political parties, the visiting Indian Foreign Secretary told them that the delay in conducting the PC polls was taken up with senior government leaders and ‘pressure’ would be exerted on the government leadership in this regard.