The Finance Ministry is yet to respond to the request by Chairman of the National Election Commission Nimal G. Punchihewa to provide an amount of Rs. 770 million for the activities related to the local government (LG) polls.

The Election Commission Chairman had requested for the money this month for the basic expenses of the local government elections.

The Election Commission has further requested the Secretary of the Ministry of Finance to take steps to provide this amount in one go or in installments.

An official from the State Ministry of Finance told Daily Mirror that the state ministers were of the opinion that priority should be given to the basic needs of the people and the treasury will release money for the election activities when available.

Earlier, the Ministry of Finance had released an amount of Rs.40 million to the Election Commission for election expenses.

Source – Daily Mirror