Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya has said that the local government elections will not be held this year.
According to him, from the date the election is announced, the department requires at least 3 months for arrangements, therefore it will not be possible to hold elections this year despite continuous demands from various political parties urging the government to hold the already much delayed local government elections.
“There will be no way for an election to be held before 31st December 2016. We need at least 75 days to 90 days for arrangements,” he told an event in Galle.
He also added that the Elections Commission does not want to hold elections in December as it will hamper the GCE Ordinary Level Examinations held during that month.