JVP hopeful for election nine to 11 weeks after pandemic declared under control
ECONOMYNEXT – The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is hopeful that Sri Lanka’s National Election Commission (NEC) will announce a suitable date for the upcoming election set between nine to 11 weeks after health authorities have formally declared that the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.
As things stand now, with a nightly island-wide curfew imposed from 10pm to 4am and curfew declared for tomorrow and day after in all districts, the situation is clearly not under control at the moment, former JVP MP Vijitha Herath told reporters this morning.
Referring to representations made by the NEC at the Supreme Court yesterday, Herath said that the NEC has made it clear that elections can only be held under strict health guidelines a full nine to 11 weeks after the situation has officially been brought under control.
Health Services Director General Dr Anil Jasinghe is to write to the NEC today prescribing guidelines and recommendations to be followed at the elections.
“We believe that that elections must be held after ensuring the safety of both voters and elections officials as well as making sure the conditions are right for political parties and candidates to engage in election campaigning without risking a second wave,” said Herth.
Stressing that the JVP is not opposed to holding timely elections, the ex MP said once the NEC announces the new date, the party and the alliance it leads will announce its plans for the coming polls. (Colombo/Jun3/2020)