The National Election Commission has expressed its willingness to conduct the Local Government Election at any given time.
Speaking during a media briefing yesterday to inform of plans of the Election Commission, Chairman Nimal Punchihewa said steps will be taken to hold the election, subject to certain restrictions, if Local Government Elections are to be held in the near future amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Punchihewa said dates and security measures will be implemented considering the pandemic situation.
He said the subject Minister has the authority to extend the duration of office up to one year adding the Election Commission has no authority to prevent this.
On a separate note, Punchihewa said a supplementary voter register will be prepared in the interim as voters will be registered from the 1st of February 2022.
He said there is no risk of voters losing their voting rights through this move.
The Chairman said individuals who turn 18 years of age are able to register with the relevant Returning Officer or the Assistant Returning Officer.
The supplementary voter register will be certified every three months.