Sri Lanka will maintain the parliamentary elections on August 5, greater than three months late due to the coronavirus, the election fee mentioned after well being authorities gave their approval.
A mock election can be held this weekend to check new well being measures that can be applied at polling cubicles and counting centres, fee chairman Mahinda Deshapriya mentioned on Wednesday.
Election fee member Ratnajeevan Hoole mentioned the date would give the adequate time for preparations below well being pointers.
The vote was delayed after which postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus, which has killed 11 folks in Sri Lanka and contaminated virtually 2,000, in keeping with official knowledge.
Sri Lanka has been steadily lifting lockdown restrictions, though a night-time curfew stays. Faculties will reopen later this month, and international vacationers can be allowed from August 1.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had been hoping the elections would give his get together a two-thirds majority in Parliament, permitting it to alter the structure and safe him wider powers.
The primary two election dates – April 25 and June 20 – have been postponed because the Election Fee sought assurances from well being authorities that might be secure to carry the vote.
Sri Lanka is dealing with constitutional uncertainties as a result of it’s previous a three-month interval allowed by regulation to function with no sitting parliament.
Final week, the Supreme Court docket rejected petitions by the opposition events and civil activists searching for an annulment of Rajapaksa’s order dissolving the parliament in March.
Rajapaksa was elected final November and used his constitutional powers to dissolve Parliament six months forward of schedule hoping to safe his get together a majority of legislators.
Though he can be allowed to reconvene the dissolved Parliament in an emergency, he refused to take action when the coronavirus made elections unsure.