Elections Commissioner has the power to postpone election by fourteen days: Deshapriya

Elections Commissioner has the power to postpone election by fourteen days: Deshapriya

Written by Staff Writer

09 Sep, 2014 | 9:55 pm

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has made a firm statement that he is prepared to even postpone the Uva Provincial Council Election, in the event that out of hand incidents occur.

Speaking at a media briefing convened in Monaragala on Tuesday, the Elections Commissioner says there are provisions within the law to take such action.

Elections Commissioner, Mahinda Deshapriya expressed the following views,

“ Under section 26 of the Provincial Council Elections Act No. 2 of 1988, the Elections Commissioner has the power to postpone the election by fourteen days if the situation in a district gets out of control. There are certain powers vested in the Elections Commissioner that I can implement if needed. But at today’s discussion the Senior DIG and all police OICs were 100 percent in agreement with us that the situation can be controlled. “

He added: “Opposition activists who spoke with us also indicated their expectation that this will be brought under control. But I will not discard this action. If there is an incident or a situation, I will take action. Once the nominations are received it is the Elections Commissioner and no one else that decides when the elections will be held.”

Meanwhile, the government was questioned in Parliament on Tuesday regarding rumours that preparations are afoot to hold the Uva Provincial Council election, over two days.

Chief Government Whip, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, responded.

“The government does not have the right to postpone an election. The Elections Commissioner is the person in charge of the election. The government is holding this election to achieve victory in the Uva Provincial Council and confirm the public mandate for you. There are no shortcomings. So, if you are preparing for defeat then all I can say is that you can start preparing from now on.”

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