By Saman Indrajith and Ranil Dharmasena
The Election Commission (EC) had decided to hold the next general election, on June 20, Chairman of commission Mahinda Deshapriya said, yesterday.
The three-member EC met, last evening, to decide a date for the general election, which has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. A proposal for holding the election on 20 May was defeated. The second proposal for holding the election on 2 June faced a similar fate. Finally, the three members had agreed to hold the election on 20 June, sources said.
JVP Propaganda Secretary and former Vijitha Herath, contacted for comment, said political parties and civil organizations would definitely challenge the EC decision to hold the election on 20 June.
The Commission yesterday met the top officials of the health sector, police, army, postal services, government printer and other stakeholders at the Election Commission to review the covid-19 situation to decide on whether they could hold the election before June 2.
Another meeting was held later in the day with all district secretaries who would be acting as the district returning officers in the election.
A meeting with political party representatives is scheduled for this morning (21), according to Elections Commission sources.
The election was earlier scheduled for April 25, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the government to impose a countrywide curfew, compelling the Election Commission to postpone the election indefinitely.