Despite the petition filed by several associates of the SLFP seeking the Court of Appeal to prevent holding the local government election, the attempt to postpone the election has failed as election to several local government councils could be held pointed out the General Secretary of the JVP Comrade Tilvin Silva. He said the move to postpone the election by a faction of the SLFP is an attempt to deny the people their right to vote and called upon those who filed the petitions to withdraw them immediately so that the people in the country could enjoy their right to vote.
Comrade Tilvin Silva said this after meeting the Chairman of the Elections Commission Today (24th). He together with JVP Parliamentarian Comrade Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa and Provincial Councilor Attorney at Law Comrade Sunil Watagala had a discussion with the Commissioner of Elections regarding the local government election.
Speaking to the media after meeting the Commissioner Comrade Tilvin Silva said, “The move to file petitions to prevent holding the local government election is a wrong and undemocratic attempt as they are scared of the results of the election. The SLFP is divided at present and they want time to amend the rift. This is the reason for trying to delay holding the election. However, their attempt has not been successful as only elections in about 200 councils would be temporarily suspended due to the petitions. However, about hundred councils do not come under this order. Once the election to these councils is held the move of the SLFP would be negated.
The conspiracy of the SLFP to get the election postponed has been carried out with the knowledge of Minister Faizer Musthapha. We would take all the possible action against this move to postpone the election. The JVP would do everything possible to defeat the attempt to postpone the election and get it held it at due time.
The no-confidence motion against Minister Musthapha was handed over in Parliament today. We have taken this to court and if it cannot be solved legally we are prepared to take to the streets to defend the people’s right to vote. We have arranged a series of agitations and the first of it would be held in Colombo on the 30th.”