JVP Leader Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake has stated that it is laudable that unity government seeks a consensus on the Local Authorities Election System introduced under the Unity Government. No government has done so thus far. This is the only one that considered the views of all parties in the political history of the country. When an election system was introduced in the past they did it with a view to further remain in power.
He made this observation participating in the second reading debate on the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill. He said that when an election system was introduced in the past they did it with a view to further remain in power.
He went on that the inability to hold the Local Authorities election had disrupted many development projects in the rural level as the Local Authorities had a close link with the ordinary life. We urge the government to hold the local government election before the GCE Ordinary Level examination in December this year. The Local Government election could be held early this year only if the amendments to the Bill are passed before September 15 this year.
He continued that the Chairman of the Election Commission had stated that the local polls could be held before the Ordinary Level examination only if the amendments to local authorities bill is approved before September 15 this year. Therefore the amendments should be approved this week. Joint Opposition too is attempting to postpone the polls further by asking for more time to study the new amendments.
He concluded that JVP included some amendments to the Bill reducing the deposits to Rs 1,500. A political party will have to spend at least 25 million for deposits alone according to present form of the election. High women’s representation could be ensured only if the probability of election of women candidates in wards is increased.