National Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has countered allegations raised by Commission member Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole with regards to the upcoming Parliamentary election.
In a Facebook post today Deshapriya asserted that issues related to the Commission must not be made public before it is discussed among the Commission members.
Without naming Hoole, the National Election Commission Chairman said that everything related to the election as well as proposed solution have been discussed among the Commission members.
On Saturday Hoole raised concerns over, what he says, is an attempt to arm-twist the Commission into agreeing to 28 May for elections.
He said, according to a newspaper report, the decision to hold the election in May was to be taken by the Election Commission with the approval of both Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe and Head of the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of the spread of the coronavirus, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.
“The high profile consultants are carefully chosen to arm-twist the Commission into agreeing to 28 May for elections. Because of the constitutional quorum of 3 out of 3, I state there was no meeting to take these momentous decisions choosing these consultants and what they will be consulted on, without my presence,” Ratnajeevan H. Hoole said.
In his Facebook post, Deshapriya insisted that he has never succumbed to political pressure and never will.
He also said that the new date of the election can only be decided by the Election Commission. (Colombo Gazette)