Friday, 6th August 2021

Elections body chief Mahinda Deshapriya threatens to quit over provincial polls delay

Colombo (PTI): Sri Lanka’s elections commission chairman Mahinda Deshapriya on Monday threatened to resign if the long-delayed provincial councils elections were not held November 10.
He said that six out of the nine provincial councils, the highest level of local government, were up to 16 months over due undermining democracy. The election watchdogs have criticised the government for the delay. Three more council terms are also to end soon.

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“If the election could not be held before November 10, I will resign from my position,” Deshapriya told reporters here.

He said he will remain within the elections commission, but not as the chairperson.


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