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Friday, 23 January 2015 - 14:31
3 months necessary to hold a general election if electoral system is changed; a statement from Election Commissioner
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Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says that his department is ready to hold a General Election within 2.5 months under the prevailing system in the event parliament is dissolved.

Addressing a media briefing held at the Election Secretariat this morning, the commissioner said that he needs more than 3 months to hold a General Election if the electoral system is changed.

Meanwhile the election commissioner is scheduled to meet political party leaders this afternoon.

The commissioner would discuss about the possibility to granting postal vote facility to journalists and observation officials as well, in addition to this currently available only to public workers.

Later, a journalist enquired the commissioner whether former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka has been granted voting rights after he was recently granted Presidential pardon.

The Commissioner answered in affirmative and said that legal advice have been sought in order to reinstate him in parliament as an MP.

When asked any coup had been hatched on presidential Election Day night at Temple Trees, the commissioner said the ongoing investigation would disclose details to that effect in the future.

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