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Poll controversy hurts Sri Lankan government

Tuesday, February 28, 2023


The Election Commission of Sri Lanka (ECSL) confirmed on February 24 that the polls would not be held on March 9 as planned. A day earlier, President Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed it was misguided to talk about ‘postponement’ as the elections were never declared legally by the ECSL.


  • Inability to get the requisite financing assurances from China may delay receipt of IMF bailout funds for at least another month.
  • As austerity measures increase hardship among the population, the appeal of leftist parties will rise, especially in rural areas.
  • Fears will grow over the independence of entities such as the ECSL, which are supposed to be empowered by a recent constitutional amendment.

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