Election Commission chairman requests trade unions not to disrupt elections

The Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said the Commission will ensure the conducting of the local government election on the 10th February and requested the maximum support to conduct it in a free and fair manner.

Addressing a media briefing today, Deshapriya said the election campaign has reached its final stage and the problem they are facing on the coming election on the 10th is that many trade unions are coming up with various demands as they have never done before.

Deshapriya said the matter was discussed with the people’s representatives and political leaders.

All trade unions are requested not to launch any strike action to disrupt the elections.

Some people are working to postpone the elections, he alleged. All necessary steps will be taken to prevent disruptions to the elections, he added.

He expressed this views regarding the call for the debate on the bond commission report on the 8th February.

He questioned what is wrong if parliament calls for a debate on the 8th. It is not relevant to the elections whether the debate is on Central Bank bonds issue or the Serious Acts of Fraud and Corruption investigations, he pointed out.

“What is relevant is that this debate will be taken up during the 48-hour ‘period of silence’ which falls on the 8th &9th, before the 10th election,” he said adding that none other election commissions faced this type of a problem.

The Commission Chairman assured that the voting will take place on the 10th and those who were entitled to cast postal but couldn’t do so at the postal voting last week will have another opportunity on February 1st & 2nd at the district secretariats.

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