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Apr 09, 2020

"Fixing poll date, responsibility of EC"

The Election Commission (EC) has been formally informed that consulting the Supreme Court on the General election and the convening of Parliament is not required.

According to the President’s Media Division (PMD), secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundera had informed the EC of this as a response to a letter submitted by Chairman of the Commission Mahinda Deshapriya on 31 March.

"As per the advice by His Excellency, it is not possible at this point of time to state that the election cannot be held on or before 28.05.2020. The date for fixing the poll is the responsibility of the Election Commission and His Excellency has no wish to interfere with duties and obligations of the Election Commission," the letter notes.

The full media release of the PMD in Sinhala is as follows :

MEDIA RELEASE

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Responses

The media release issued by the PMD sparked much response among netizens.

Senior journalist Sunanda Deshapriya says that the media release indicates that the Presidential secretariat is indirectly saying election should be held without delay.

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Meanwhile, former media spokesman of president Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the president had pointed out that the election date should be declared by the chairman of the EC

 Meanwhile, political commentator and senior journalist Kusal Perera cited that the chairman of the EC has noted that there are no financial provisions for elections although parliament was dissolved. Noting that this was true as the government had not allocated funds for anything, Perera says that therefore, the EC chairman should state whether the election would take place or not.

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