In view of the COVID-19 outbreak killing seven and infecting 295 others in the country, Sri Lanka postpones it’s parliamentary elections by nearly two months to June 20 through a gazetted notice signed by the National Election Commission on Monday.
Dissolving the Parliament, six months ahead of schedule on March 2, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa called for a snap election on April 25.
The government dropped its decision to relax the nationwide curfew and extended it to April 27 on monday following a sudden spike of 41 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.
The island nation has been under a 24-hour curfew since March 20 to combat the deadly viral infection.
The parliamentary polls were announced 6 months ahead of the schedule as Rajapaksa, who was elected as president in November, wanted a new Parliament to implement his mandate.
Rajapaksa is also under pressure to re-summon the dissolved Parliament in order to approve finances for government business from May.
The country’s Constitution stipulates that a dissolved Parliament must be replaced within three months. The deadline had been June 2.
The previous Parliament had approved funds till April 30.