New political party cannot be registered now says polls chief

Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says new political parties cannot be registered at this moment since elections have been declared in the Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu Pradaeshiya Sabha divisions.Deshapriya said that a group of former and current Parliamentarians met him today and discussed the barricades in place to register a new political party. Deshapriya said that the major barricade is that since elections have been declared in the Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu Pradaeshiya Sabha divisions a new political party cannot be registered. Deshapriya said that a new political party can register only when the Department of Elections calls for applications.However he said applications cannot be called for now since elections have been declared in Pudukuduirippu and Maritimepattu. Among those who attended the discussion are former Ministers Basil Rajapaksa and G.L Peiris and Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila. Asked if the joint opposition is recognised by the Department of Elections, Deshapriya said that the joint opposition is not listed with the Department of Elections. (Colombo Gazette)

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