By: Isuru Parakrama
Colombo (LNW): The Election Commission has decided to file a motion before the Supreme Court citing the hindrances to the holding of the upcoming Local Government (LG) Election.
Accordingly, Election Commission Chief Nimal Punchihewa emphasised that the Commission will inform the Supreme Court that the lack of funds, the Government Press’ inability to print the adequate amount of ballot papers, and the inadequate fuel supply for transport and etc. have contributed to creating a problematic situation making it impossible to hold the LG Polls.
This comment has been made in contradiction to the Election Commission’s previous pledge before the Supreme Court that the LG Polls would be held on March 09, 2023 as planned.
According to Punchihewa, the General Treasury has refused to issue funds required for the holding of the LG Polls. Gangani Liyanage, the Government’s Printer, earlier said that if the necessary facilities are provided, it may be possible to print and deliver postal ballots within five days.
The number of ballot papers required for the LG Polls is close to 18 million, and three per cent will be allocated for postal ballots.