The government is focusing on holding the Provincial Council Elections on June 26, this year.
The required Provincial Councils (Amendment) Bill is to be presented to the Parliament immediately. Accordingly, this election will be held according to the old voting system. A two-thirds majority in Parliament is required to pass the bill, and it will not be difficult to overcome that challenge as the ruling Sri Lanka People’s Peramuna (SLPP) already has that special majority in the House.
Meanwhile, sources say that four Rajapaksas are scheduled to contest the upcoming provincial council elections.
They are two sons of Mahinda Rajapaksa, Dr. Rohitha Rajapaksa and Yoshitha Rajapaksa, as well as the wife of former Chief Minister Shashindra Rajapaksa and Shamendra Rajapaksa, a son of Chamal Rajapaksa. It is said that Rohitha Rajapaksa has been nominated from Kurunegala, Yoshitha Rajapaksa from Colombo, Shashindra’s wife from Monaragala and Shamendra Rajapaksa from Hambantota.
However, Johan Fernando, the son of Minister Johnston Fernando, is fully prepared to contest the next election as the Chief Ministerial candidate for the North Western Provincial Council representing the Kurunegala District.