Mr. Nimal Punchihewa, Chairman of the Election Commission, has given a pledge today (15) that he will announce the local government election at the appointed time without succumbing to any influence.
Mr. Punchiheva gave this pledge when the leaders of 16 parties and groups in the Parliament, led by the leader of the opposition Mr. Sajith Premadasa, went to the Election Commission and met with the heads of the Election Commission.
In response to a request made by the commission not to be influenced by the president or the government to postpone the election, the chairman of the commission, Mr. Nimal Punchihewa, gave a related pledge.
At the end of the discussion, the opposition leader Mr. Sajith Premadasa handed over the letter with the written request from the Election Commission to the party leaders and MPs to hold the local government election to the Chairman of the Election Commission.
The party leaders who met today have also given a promise to the Chairman of the Election Commission that they will work so that there will be no hindrance from the Parliament in order for the Election Commission to conduct the election as scheduled.