Feb 03, Colombo: Minister of Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils and Local Government Vajira Abeywardena said consensus of all parties is needed to expedite the conduct of the Provincial Council elections.
Speaking during a meeting with Ministry officials, the Minister emphasized that although he is the minister in charge of the subject he cannot reach decisions according to his discretion and all parties should come to a common stance on the electoral system prior to conducting the Provincial Council elections.
However, steps will be taken to expedite the conduct of the Provincial Council Election on the consent of the President, the Prime Minister and all main political parties, he said.
Minister Abeywardena said he is currently studying the views of various political parties presented to the Ministry and there are many flaws in those.
"As the Minister in charge of the subject, I will study those views and work to find an answer. Although I am the Minister in charge of the subject, I am unable to act on my single opinion," he said.
The Minister noted that the President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe are expediting the process of solving this issue with the consent of the main political parties.
He added that the views of all parties including the Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Tamil National Alliance Leader are important in making the decision to conduct provincial council elections.
According to their agreement, a decision will be taken whether to hold elections according to the old system or a new electoral system, the Minister added.
Thereafter, all provincial council elections will be held simultaneously, Minister Abeywardena said.