Half of the postal ballot papers required for the local government polls had already been printed by the time work had been suspended, claimed a trade union in the Government Press.
Deputy chief of the Samagi Sevaka Sangamaya Nuwan Buddhika also said that unlike on previous occasions, no police protection had been given for the printing process.
Opposition to take legal action
Meanwhile, SJB national organizer Tissa Attanayake said legal action would be taken against state officials who aided the government to postpone the LG polls.
He warned the people would resort to alternative means if the election was put off.
The postponement of the postal voting will affect the LG polls due on March 09, said Attanayake.
JJB leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said a government by his party would prosecute the officials who were trying to postpone the election.
Addressing a public rally in Moneragala, he said the secretary to the president, treasury secretary and the government printer would definitely have to face court action under a JJB regime for trying to put off the election.
If it comes to the worst, hundreds of thousands of people would be brought to the streets if the election is not given, he also warned.