The government has decided against holding any election until a presidential poll early next year, government sources said.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed the government hierarchy to prepare for a presidential election in one year’s time.
He has repeated this call at meetings of the government parliamentary group and of the UNP, according to the sources.
However, he has made no mention of not holding the local government polls, while speaking about difficulties in running LG bodies with 8,000 members.
Meanwhile, SLPP national organizer Basil Rajapaksa has rejected calls by some to appoint incumbent chairmen as commissioners of LG bodies, if the membership is to be reduced.