Due to a delay in getting certified audit reports, the Sri Lanka Netball Federation officials decided yesterday (18th) to postpone the elections which were due to be held on the 29th of April.

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Nominations for the election of ended on the 12th of April and the hearing of the nominations was scheduled to be held on the 19th of April.

However, following advice from Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, the Netball Federation took steps to suspend the election. The minister claimed that the elections will be called in on or before the 15th of May once the audit reports are finalized and received.

Under the leadership of the current Vice-President of the SLNF, Ms. Yasmin Dharmarathne, a selection committee has been appointed by in the meantime.

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The main contenders for the Chairman’s post will be former chairman Mrs. Trixie Nanayakkara and Mrs. Lakshmi Victoria. Chief Secretary Mrs. Champa Gunawardena and former National Netball captain, Mrs. Jayanthi Somasekaram De Silva have also submitted nominations for the post.

Reports suggest that thirty four unions which are affiliated to the Netball Federation have been granted voting rights.

Furthermore the Sports minister has instructed the SLNF that the election should not proceed without audit reports.

Director General provided his approval for the election to be postponed and the election is to be held before the 31st of May. Speaking to ThePapare.com, Secretary Mrs. Champa Gunasekera mentioned “The plan was to have the election before the 29th of April, but due to the audit reports not being processed before that we had to postpone the election”