Sri Lanka opts for local elections in June
Last Updated: Monday, May 02, 2011, 16:30
Colombo: The last phase of local council elections would be held in June and not before end of May, a senior minister said here Monday.

Maithripala Sirisena, the minister for health told reporters that councils for which elections could not be held on March 17 due to legal snags and councils which terms had been extended would be held in June.

There are around 70 councils which elections could not be held due to legal challenges.

Those councils whose terms were extended due to cricket world cup would now be held in June, Sirisena said.

He said elections for the remaining 133 councils cannot be held in May due to the religious ceremonies connected with the 2600th anniversary of Buddhism.

The independent election monitors however say legal amendment may be necessary to hold elections in June.

The present 2009 electoral register would be valid only until May 31 they argue.


First Published: Monday, May 02, 2011, 16:30

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