ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has to conduct presidential and general elections within the 10 billion rupees allocated for them in the 2024 budget, cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said.
“An allocation of 10 billion rupees was set aside by the budget for the year 2024, for covering the expenditure of the presidential election and general election this year,” Gunawardena said at a press briefing on Tuesday to announce cabinet decisions.
Funds required for conducting provincial council elections and local government elections in 2025 will be released from the budget for 2025.
The Cabinet decided that revisions to applicable election laws should be introduced subject to amendments of the Parliament, if required, based on the scheduled recommendations to be presented by the test commission to the Parliament declared by the extraordinary gazette notification No. 2354/06 dated 16.10.2023 as well as established under Test Commissions Act (Authority 393) No. 17 of 1948, Gunawardena said. (Colombo/Feb6/2024)