Provincial Councils and Local Government Minister Faiszer Musthapha declared that he will not dance to the tunes of the UPFA General Secretary, and will hold the Local Government elections only by following necessary procedure.
“I can’t fast-track an election just because the party secretary wants me to. I have told this to him clearly. The party secretary is only responsible to the party, but I am responsible to the entire country,” last night Musthapha told a media conference in Colombo.
He went on to add that he should be given the freedom to conduct the election by following proper procedure.
Amidst protests led by the joint opposition which has been demanding that the government hold the Local Government elections, Musthapha claimed that it was important for the delimitation, instead of rushing for elections.
However, the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) has requested the Government to hold elections to local councils where delimitation issues had been sorted out, citing that out of the 336 local councils, some 200 had no issues about delimitation.
PAFFREL said that if the government was genuine about good governance, then instead of delaying the elections, it should conduct the elections immediately.