Govt planning to postpone general elections till August – Marikkar

S M Marikkar

ECONOMYNEXT – The main opposition United National Party (UNP) accused the government today of planning to postpone the upcoming parliamentary elections till August this year.

Citing unnamed sources, UNP MP S M Marikkar told reporters this morning that the government plans on completing the current parliament’s five-year.

“They’re planning to postpone the elections in an attempt to get away from the problems in the country without facing the current economic crisis head on,” he said.

Government Ministers Keheliya Rambukwella and Mahindananda Alutghamage were unavailable for comment, at the time of writing.

Marikkar further said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa should bring the “real culprits” behind the Easter Sunday attacks before the law as promised in the run-up to last year’s presidential election.

The death penalty should be given to all parties behind the attack, he added.

The government, however, whose members “sold the Easter attacks on election platforms”, said the MP, have yet to do anything about it so far..

“The two media agencies backing the government have failed to talk about the Easter attacks since the government came into power. The same media agencies have planned to organise sentimental programmes in April to commemorate one year since the attacks to grab more votes at the general election,” he said. (Colombo/Feb03/2020)

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