Election Commission to seek WHO opinion on polls

The Election Commission (EC) is to seek the opinion of the World Health Organization (WHO) over the holding of the elections.

EC member Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole speaking to The Morning said professional bodies including the WHO will be consulted when setting the election date.

“The clearance of the Health Ministry is not the deciding factor when setting the date for the election”, Hoole added.

Speaking further Hoole said that the EC will meet tomorrow (3) to discuss how the elections will be conducted.

He however noted that the finalization of a new date to hold polls is unlikely at tomorrow’s meeting.

“The Supreme Court has been informed by the EC that 60 to 70 days are required to hold polls after Heath Ministry clearance, “Hoole added.

The General Election was set to be held on the 25 April, but it was later postponed to 20 June in light of the COVID-19 outbreak in Sri Lanka.

Several petitions were filed against the date set by the EC, howver all petitions were dismissed by the Supreme Court today.