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General election in Sri Lanka will not be held on April 25

The general election slated for April 25 will not be held under the present situation created for...

👤 H K Badal19 March 2020 2:45 PM GMT
General election in Sri Lanka will not be held on April 25
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The general election slated for April 25 will not be held under the present situation created for coronavirus.

"The general election cannot be held on April 25 in the current situation," said Election Commission chairman Mahinda Deshapriya.

"The date of the general election will be announced on the advice of the taskforce who has been appointed to prevent coronavirus," he added.

The Election Commission chairman said the election date cannot be announced before April 14.

He further said that the postponement of the election was not based on anyone's need and that it had to be postponed due to the virus. The Chairman of the Election Commission said that a significant number of nominations were rejected.

The commission's chairman said that although some candidates thought it was possible to go to parliament as a member of parliament for 2000 rupees, the two districts should get a 5 per cent vote share. The head of the EC also noted that some districts have received more than 50 nominations.