Chairman of SLEC awaits response from finance minister on funding for local government elections

Thursday, 16 March 2023 - 14:39


The Chairman of the Election Commission, Nimal Punchihewa stated that a response to the letter sent by the Election Commission to the Minister of Finance asking for funds for the local government elections has not yet been received.

In an inquiry made by our news team, he said that he continues to believe that the allocation of funds related to the election will be received from the government.

On the 12th, the Election Commission again sent a letter to the Minister of Finance asking him to release the funds required for the polls.

The Secretary of the Ministry of Finance had informed the Election Commission that it is not possible to take direct decisions for the issuance of allocations related to the local government polls and for that the approval of the Minister of Finance must be obtained.

Due to the lack of funds, the local government polls that were scheduled to be held on the 9th of this month were postponed to the 25th of April.

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