It was stressed in Parliament that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, United National Party or the United Peoples Freedom Alliance have no intention to postpone the local government elections. While several ministers and MPs expressed their views on this, President Maithripala Sirisena also visited the council.
Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapakse said that it was informed that the local government elections would be held by January. But, the elections will be postponed as a result of a stay order given by the courts. He expressed his displeasure over the postponement of the elections. Mahinda Rajapakse pointed out that local government bodies are smaller administrative structure and the government should shoulder the responsibility of holding the election.
Minister LakshmanKiriella noted that his party also against the postponement of the local government elections. He highlighted that the UNP is also waiting for the elections as it has already done the preparations for it. Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that postponement of the election is a conspiracy. Anyone can seek justice from the courts. He said that, but, this court case is not a reasonable thing to be challenged in the court. Anura Kumara Dissanayake added that they will join the struggle to obtain an election irrespective of the background of any political party. Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that the UPFA or the SLFP has no intention to postpone the elections. This election should be held as soon as possible. The Minister said that the truth is that people who have challenged the gazette notification at the court have connections with the politicians.