The Election Commission is to seek the advice of the Attorney General with regard to whether the Local Government election could be held despite technical issues in the relevant laws and by keeping their effects to a minimum.
The said representation is to be made and sought subsequent to the gazetting of the Delimitation Committee report.
Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government, President’s Counsel Faiszer Musthapha had recently informed the Supreme Court that the report of the Committee would be gazetted within a month.
People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections also explained that the issues could be passed in Parliament prior to the holding of the election, probably in June.
Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi further emphasized that the issues in the Delimitation Committee involved minor errors such as borders in particular districts, like Colombo which borders on the Gampaha district, not being specified as to whether it was the Northern or Eastern border of the Colombo district which bordered on the Gampaha district.
Aspects such as this were not clear in the report according to Hettiarachchi who added that some of the errors were owing to translation of language.
Technical issues include instances where the phrase ‘electoral district’ has to be changed to ‘electoral division’.
“There is however nothing left to debate in Parliament regarding such matters,” he emphasized.