RW's Directives Shake Up Political Landscape

President's Directives Shake Up Political Landscape; Provincial Council Poll In 2025; Presidential Poll in 2024

by Zulfick Farzan 14-05-2024 | 6:14 PM

COLOMBO (News 1st); The President has directed the cabinet to take appropriate actions regarding the cancellation of nominations related to local government polls.

At the Cabinet Meeting held last evening, the President had instructed to for preparations to be made for provincial council elections to be held next year.

Additionally, Cabinet Spokesman Minister Bandula Gunawardena has confirmed that the presidential election will take place this year, as the necessary funding has already been allocated.

Minister Bandula Gunawardena, the Cabinet Spokesperson, disclosed key directives issued by the President during a cabinet meeting held yesterday.

Among the instructions relayed, the President emphasized the need to address concerns surrounding public sector employees who have submitted nominations for the upcoming Local Government Election.

During various parliamentary sessions and public forums, reports have emerged regarding challenges faced by certain public sector nominees, both in terms of their employment status and financial stability. In response, the President directed authorities to engage the Attorney General and relevant stakeholders to assess the possibility of revoking accepted nominations for the Local Government Election.

Furthermore, the President instructed the Prime Minister to commence discussions with key figures including the Attorney General, Elections Commissioner, Party Leaders, and other concerned parties. These discussions aim to explore avenues for conducting Provincial Council elections utilizing previous methodologies while emphasizing enhanced female representation.

Addressing queries about the status of Provincial Council elections, Minister Gunawardena affirmed that they are slated to proceed.

He assured that the necessary funds have been allocated for the Presidential Election scheduled for the current year.