Polls monitors have warned that they would go to the Supreme Court due to the Government’s continuous delay in conducting the Local Government polls.
People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL)last week observed that the Government was using issues with the delimitation conducted by the Delimitation Commission appointed by the former Government, as an excuse to continuously postpone the elections.
Therefore, PAFFREL informed that they would file a case in the Supreme Court, if the Government did not listen to or heed their fair demands.
Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi said that since issues pertaining to delimitation affected only less than 100 local authorities out of the total number of 336, elections should be held in the local authorities not plagued by delimitation related problems.
“We along with the other elections monitoring bodies plan on taking a united action by meeting the Members of the Election Commission, which is independent of the political authority, to discuss about this matter soon,” he noted. Delimitation must be done without a political angle, he mentioned.
“On the other hand a fair hearing must be given to the Government’s present position as the elections are to be held under the new mixed proportionate system and therefore the people have to accept certain delays,” he explained, adding that the Government however should not consider this understanding on the part of the public as a means to take a generalized stand on the issue.