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SL Election Commission says presidential election should be held within 1 year

Sri Lanka's Election Commission said according to their assessment a presidential election should be held before December 9, 2019 and a general election by October 2020. 

The EC chairman said this week they would be seeking a Supreme Court judgement on the holding of Provincial Council elections. 

Rejecting assertions that the EC was responsible for delaying the polls, the chairman, Mahinda Deshapriya, was quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying, they were not responsible for the delay. 

"The PC elections can be held after the finalisation of the delimitation process or under the previous electoral system or under the mixed system or under the new system." 

In his resignation letter, Mahinda Rajapaksa criticised the UNP's postponing of elevtions. 

"No one has any inkling in such a way that those elections will be held," he wrote. "The law has been manipulated in such a way that those elections will be put off indefinitely."