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Local govt polls only after Jan 2018 says Ranil

The Sri Lankan prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament today that Local Government polls could only be held after January 2018, the Daily Mirror reported.  

Mr Wickremesinghe reportedly said this was "because of GCE Ordinary Level Examination, which would be held in mid-December and because of the budget". 

"We will have to talk with the Polls Chief and political parties on this issue," he said.

"The previous Government had created wards, where there are not enough voters. These were done in order to get political mileage," Mr Wickremesinghe said, adding that the government would create a mixed electoral system. 

"All changes will be done with the consent of all parties," he added.