PC polls postponement partly due pressure from Sinhala Nationalist

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s decision to indefinitely postpone Provincial Council (PC) elections controversially was made due to sustained pressure from Sinhala Nationalist organisations who argue that the government had pledged to do away with the PCs during the election campaign.

On Tuesday, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera told reporters the leaders of the political parties in the governing Sri Lanka Nidahas Podujana Peramuna had decided to put off the polls due to the pandemic and also on “a request made by the Maha Sangha (Buddhists Monks).”

The party leaders’ meeting took place a day after the Collective of Nationalist Organisations (ජාතික සංවිධාන එකමුතුව) met key members of the Asgiriya and Malwatte Chapters in Kandy on Sunday.

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