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NEC Chairman says

PC Polls likely under old system

Drafting new laws could take more time
Could cost more due to pandemic

National Elections Commission Chairman Attorney-at-Law Nimal G. Punchihewa yesterday said that if the Provincial Council Elections are to be held soon, there is more opportunity and possibility of conducting it under the old electoral system.

Expressing his views further he said that, if the elections are to be held soon, it is possible to do so using the previous system of elections (Proportional Representation) together with a few amendments.

He said that it is impossible to have Provincial Council elections soon under the new system. New laws that will be brought in will have to be presented in Parliament. Similarly, there are delimitation problems that exist. We cannot say how long it will take to resolve these issues, he said. Therefore, if the Provincial Council elections are to be conducted soon, it will have to be done using the old method.

It can be said that expenditure in connection with holding Provincial Council elections will be more due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Accordingly, expenses will have to be estimated based on the situation that will prevail at the time and when following health guidelines when voters come to polling booths to cast their votes on polling day. Elections to the PCs are overdue by around two years.

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