Jun 21, 2017

CaFFE questions parties’ silence over election delay Featured

Elections for the Sabaragamuwa, north central and eastern provincial councils cannot be postponed without a referendum, says CaFFE, accusing the government of shrinking the election map.

KeerthiTennakoon 670px 14 03 17Both the official opposition and the joint opposition are bidding their time, while MPs of the latter keep making facebook postings to the Elections Commission and election observers, said CaFFE executive director Keerthi Tennakoon.

He was one of the speakers at a discussion of seven election observers at Sri Lanka Foundation in Colombo yesterday (20).

It is pointless to blame the Elections Commission or the election observers for the postponement of the elections, he said, adding that MPs do not make any positive intervention over the matter.

Parties that bring hundreds of thousands of people to Colombo on May Day do not show any interest to summon at least 500 people to demand the elections, said Tennakoon.

Delimitations for the local government polls and the number of members in the LG bodies have both been gazetted to become effective on July 01, but more than 50 amendments proposed to the LG act will not be tabled at the next House sessions, he said.

The 225 MPs from the UNP, SLFP, TNA, JVP, SLMC and other parties have the powers to formulate the election laws, said the CaFFE executive director, adding that these parties well know the loopholes in the existing laws as has been pointed out and criticized since four years ago.