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Opposition holds placards calling for LG poll

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Speaker adjourns Parliament for today:

Opposition Members held a protest in Parliament demanding the Government to hold the Local Government Elections yesterday.

Opposition MPs held placards with slogans forcing the government to hold the election and they stood in front of the Speaker and government MPs.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, thereafter, adjourned Parliament until 9.30 am today (22).

The protest lasted for a few minutes and the Government later proposed that sittings be adjourned. They demanded the government to conduct the Local Authorities Election without any delays.

They also stood in front of Minister Ramesh Pathirana who was presenting several regulations and then proceeded to stand behind the Secretary General’s chair. The National Election Commission initially announced that the Local Government Polls will be held on March 9, 2023.

However, last week, postal voting for the election was postponed claiming that the Government Printer had not printed the ballot papers for postal voting. The Government Printer had pointed out the lack of funds to print the necessary ballot papers for postal voting.

The National Election Commission on Monday (20) filed a motion with the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka citing difficulties, including the lack of funds, in holding the elections as scheduled.

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 – 01:15

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