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Govt. to discuss with Opposition on polls

Elections to the dissolved Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council and two more, whose terms are to expire early next week, cannot be held prior to the Local Government Polls, since the tenure of local bodies had ended first , the government said yesterday.

 

Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne told the weekly Cabinet news conference in Colombo, that the majority of people wanted elections to all local and provincial councils conducted on the same day ,but that could not be done until legal constraints were addressed.

 

As such local government polls would be held first, in early January next year, he added.

 

Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said that a decision on conducting elections to the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council whose term ended last Tuesday and the North Central and Eastern Provincial Councils whose terms are due to end next week , would be be discussed with other political parties.

 

The Supreme Court ruled last week that some clauses of the 20th Amendment, which included a provision to hold all Provincial Council Elections on the same day, were inconsistent with the Constitution.

 

It said that a referendum and a two-thirds majority in Parliament were required if 20 A was to become law.

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