Local election monitor People's Action for Fair and Free Elections (PAFFREL) said the prevailing situation does not allow the holding of the local government polls on April 25.
Its executive director Rohana Hettiarachchi also noted the government was ignoring the court ruling on the election, while its MPs hid behind parliamentary privileges and criticized the verdict.
The decisive factor here is whether the government recognizes the people’s democratic rights by holding elections on time, said Hettiarachchi.
EC puts off meeting with party secretaries
Meanwhile, the Election Commission that met today (16) decided to meet secretaries of political parties on March 23 to discuss the LG polls.
It also decided to terminate the rights of political parties that fail to submit their audited accounts for 2021 within 14 days.
In another development, the Supreme Court has issued an injunction preventing elections for Kalutara Pradeshiya Sabha.
It was taking up a petition filed by Nawa Lanka Nidahas Party against the rejection of its nominations.
With the next hearing due on May 12, the injunction is effective until the conclusion of the case.