SLMC slams unilateral decision to hold elections

Wednesday, 22 April 2020
The leader of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Rauff Hakeem and the Secretary of the Party Nizam Kariapper PC arrived at the Election Commission’s office today and expressed their deep concern over the date announced for the forthcoming Parliamentary Election.
They alleged that fixing of the date for the forthcoming elections on June 20, 2020 without any consultation with political parties, and announcing elections amidst the COVID-19 pandemic context situation in the country was “unconstitutional and illegal.”
The letter stated that they were informed towards early evening yesterday, April 20, 2020 of an invitation for a meeting of political party representatives with the Commissioner to be held at 11.30 am on 21-04-2020. Having invited them for a meeting and gazetting the decision to hold elections on June 20, it is improper to contradict the purpose of the said meeting, they said.