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Sri Lanka election faces further delay

Election Commission says it is impossible to hold polls next month due to the Covid-19 pandemic

UCA News reporter, Colombo

UCA News reporter, Colombo

Updated: May 21, 2020 10:57 AM GMT
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Sri Lanka election faces further delay

A police officer sprays disinfectant on a man in Kalutara on May 16 before he boards a bus organized by police to transport stranded citizens back to their hometowns after the government ended a Covid-19 lockdown. (Photo: AFP)

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Sri Lanka’s Election Commission has said that it is impossible to hold a general election on June 20 as planned because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The commission had originally slated the election for April 25 but rescheduled it for June 20 as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The president's counsel Saliya Pieris, appearing on behalf of the Election Commission, stressed the public health issue when a petition challenging the election date and the dissolution of parliament were taken up before the Supreme Court on May 20.

Pieris said health authorities had not yet raised the possibility of holding an election. He said the election could be held within nine to 11 weeks after receiving the green light from authorities.

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