Elections monitoring bodies suggested that the Local Government election be held under the mixed member proportional representation system within the first quarter of next year.
Meanwhile, Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake stated in Parliament that his Party would only be contesting the Local Government election if it was held in accordance with the proportional representation system. The Government’s stance on the matter is to be revealed following a party leaders meeting.
Polls monitor, People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) explained that it was Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, President’s Counsel Faiszer Musthapha’s responsibility to ensure that the election would be conducted by 2017 March. It is the Minister in charge of the subject who must gazette the number of Local Government authorities’ members and the seats and electorates.
Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi said that although the Delimitation Commission has promised the report on December 15, there was no guarantee that this would in fact be the case, adding that while Chairman of the Commission, Asoka Peiris had to take the responsibility, members of the Commission too had to be committed to the task.
Holding the election under the current proportional representation system even as a temporary measure to address the unnecessary delaying of the election poses serious questions, he noted.
The people’s representatives have failed to practically enforce what they agreed on in 2012, he further noted, adding that millions of public monies and the time of successive committees had been wasted as a result.