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President wants Provincial Council elections held as soon as possible

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Independence Day celebrations in Colombo Feb 4, 2021

ECONOMYNEXT – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa wants elections to Provincial Councils held soon either under the old Law or under the proposed new Act with its “complications” removed, a statement issued by the Presidential Secretariat said.

The statement was issued after the President met with the Association of Provincial Council Members of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

The President had said that the Amended Provincial Councils Act which included a new delimitation of the constituencies, a quota for women candidates and other changes “had been defeated by the former government which proposed it.”

At present, he pointed out the Provincial Councils are functioning without the people’s representatives in the council. Therefore we need to hold the elections quickly he added.

The President said that in the past 15 months he had taken decisions to take forward the nationalist agenda. “Every time a government such as ours come to power foreign forces try to thwart our progress,” he claimed.

“The people have understood that we have safeguarded national security as well as the war-heroes,” he said.

The President said that the Opposition parties are making statements with regard to the report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Easter Sunday attacks. “The entire report, except for those sensitive portions that pertain to national security has been made public,” the President claimed.

Opposition party spokesmen including former Army Commander Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka have questioned why these volumes have been withheld. “There can’t be any sensitive material as the attacks have already taken place,” he pointed out in Parliament on Wednesday. (Colombo, March 13, 2021)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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