COLOMBO – A letter claiming to contain an order made to all District Secretaries notifying them to refrain from accepting bonds for the Local Government Elections is currently making its rounds on social media.
The circular contains the signature of the Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration and Home Affairs.
Ministry Secretary Neil Bandara Hapuhinna noted that the Cabinet that met on Monday (9) had instructed him to order all the District Secretaries to refrain from accepting the bonds from candidates until further notice.
However, the Commissioner General of Elections had ordered all District Returning Officers to continue to accept the bonds by the candidates, noting that as per the powers vested with the Election Commission via the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Act Returning Officers have been appointed for the respective districts.
Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, and NPP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake slammed the government’s efforts to delay the elections.News First