New Election Date : EC reveals most suitable date

March 7, 2023 at 4:21 PM

The National Election Commission has announced that the most suitable date for the Local Government elections is the 25th of April 2023.

The Election Commission made the announcement via instructions to the District Returning Officers. 

The Commission had also revealed that the Local Government polls cannot be held on 09th March 2023 as planned due to unexpected reasons. 

In February (24), the Election Commission officially announced the postponement of the Local Government polls citing a lack of funds. 

Thereafter, the Supreme Court issued an interim order preventing the Finance Ministry’s Secretary and the Attorney General from withholding the funds allocated for election purposes under the 2023 budget.

The order was issued after the petition filed by Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara was taken up for consideration on 03rd March 2023.

At the time, the National Election Commission announced that a new date for the election will be announced early this week following discussions with the Finance Ministry Secretary, Government Printer, Police and other relevant officials. (NewsWire)