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Jun 10, 2020
8:42PM

Sri Lankan parliamentary elections to be held on August 5

AIR PIc
In Sri Lanka, the date for next parliamentary election has been finally decided for August 5th. The new date comes after elections were postponed twice because of COVID crisis.  Country’s election commission said, the relevant gazette notification for election date has been sent for printing. Sri Lanka’s parliament was dissolved on March 2nd and parliamentary polls were initially to be held on April 25 but had to be postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Later, the election commission shifted the date to June 20 but it was again deemed not suitable due to the pandemic. 

The commission held a mock poll this week at a polling station to test the COVID health guidelines and its preparedness. Commission chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said there will be five more such mock polls soon to determine the likely time needed to cast each vote while sticking to the health guidelines. The guideline also stipulate conditions for campaigning including to avoid public gathering for more than five hundred while using propaganda materials and media as the main medium for campaign.

The opposition parties and civil society groups had approached the Supreme court to delay the election until COVID threat is negated but the court rejected their petitions. Over 16 million people are eligible to vote in the election to choose the 225-member parliament for a 5-year term.

AIR correspondent reports that Sri Lankan Election Commission has said the election dates has been decided keeping in view the health guidelines issued by health department. The guidelines stipulate holding of public meetings with not more than five hundred people with social distancing maintained and increased use of publicity materials and media for campaign activities.

It may be mentioned that Srilankan parliament was dissolved on 2nd March, six months before end of its term as current government under Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa sought a majority in house to implement its policies. Some opposition parties and civil society groups had demanded revival of old parliament due to COVID crisis but their petition before Supreme Court was rejected last week. Sri Lanka has not seen any community case of COVID for over a month but holding of successful elections will be a challenge in wake of restrictions posed by COVID.

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