Govt fears Provincial Council elections, says Shan

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The government has to take the responsibility for delaying the Provincial Council elections, says the Chief Minister of Southern Province Shan Wijayalal.

The Chief Minister stated this speaking to the media following an event held in Galle.

He added that the United National Party has no sincere interest in holding the Provincial Council elections.

However, if a responsible official of the government discloses a definite date for holding PC polls, the provincial councils, of which the official terms have not yet been expired, would agree to hold the elections at any time, the Chief Minister continued.

The PC polls should be held before the Presidential election, as the official terms of all the provincial councils expire before the time period that the Constitution has mentioned for holding the next Presidential election, he emphasized.

It is the government that fears the PC elections, Southern Province Chief Minister further commented.