‘No polls this year’
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday denied certain
media reports that several Provincial Council elections are scheduled
for this year.
“There are no elections lined up for this year,” he said. He,
however, said there were a number of elections scheduled for next year,
including Local Government elections in the Batticaloa district.
Deshapriya said the Batticaloa district Local Government elections were
originally scheduled for March this year.
“However, the Chief Minister extended the period of Local Government
in Batticaloa by another one year by exercising his powers, The election
was put off for March next year.”
He said Provincial Council elections to the Eastern, North Central
and Sabaragamuwa Provinces are scheduled for next year.
The Elections Commissioner said Municipal Council elections in Jaffna
and Urban Council election in Vavuniya are also to be held next year.
Daily News report brings results
Over 500 persons who have multiple registrations in the national
electoral list have requested for the cancellation of such registrations
barring one, responding to Tuesday’s Daily News lead story, according to
Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya.
He said the people had been calling over at district offices since
the story appeared two days ago, but an accurate figure was not
Deshapriya said in addition, over 150 persons who did not have their
national identity card numbers, in the electoral list, had also
The Commissioner commended the Daily News for carrying the report.
He however said they had not changed their decision to take legal
action against persons who have multiple registrations in the electoral
Deshapriya said a majority of those who called over at the Elections
Department could be those who did not wish to maintain multiple
According to the electoral list in 2011, over 165,000 persons had
obtained multiple registration and a significant proportion still have
not cancelled their multiple registration.