Speaker endorses Provincial Council Amendment Bill

22 September 2017 10:08 pm - 2     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Speaker Karu Jayasuriya endorsed the Provincial Council Elections (Amendment) Bill a short while ago thus giving effect to it.

Parliament sources told the Daily Mirror that the Speaker placed his signature to give effect to the Bill at around 9 pm.

The Bill was passed in Parliament on Wednesday night with a two thirds majority.

It was passed after some anxious moments during which a successful attempt was made by the government to muster the required number of votes to get it approved.

Well informed sources said Deputy Minister Wasantha Senanayake was taking a shower when he was asked to rush to Parliament to vote in favour of the Bill by some MPs while Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara who was undergoing treatment for an illness also had to come although three months leave was approved for him recently. It was also reported that MP Hirunika Premachnadra had to rush in with her new born infant.

The Bill paves the way for the postponement of elections for Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern provincial councils as it provides for holding of elections for provincial council under the new mixed electoral system. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 2

  • NAK Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:55 AM

    When the supreme court has deemed that it has to get passed by a referendum how can it become law until such time? The present law should prevail until a referendum is held and elections must be held at the due time.

    Senewi Saturday, 23 September 2017 06:58 PM

    Speaker seems to be a veteran in manipulating parliamentary elections .

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