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The government has decided to give up on its efforts to pass the 20th Amendment to the Constitution which contains provisions to hold elections to all Provincial Councils on the same day, as well the decision to postpone elections for the North Central, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provincial Councils.

The debate on the amendment was scheduled to be held on Wednesday (20).

It is learnt that the main reason for the government to give up on passing this draft Bill was the Supreme Court ruling that a referendum should be held to approve several important clauses in this Bill in addition to it having to be passed in Parliament with a two-third majority.

The decision of the Supreme Court regarding the draft Bill has already been sent to the President, with the Speaker scheduled present it to Parliament tomorrow (19).

With the barriers to holding PC elections taken off it is now expected that the elections of the Sabaragamuwa, North-Central and Eastern Provincial Councils would be held before the year ends. (Ranjan Kasthuri)

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  • max Monday, 18 September 2017 11:29 AM

    A victory for democracy lovers and a step back for the yahapa govt backers.

    justin Monday, 18 September 2017 12:03 PM

    That democaracy is yahapalanaya boss....

    palle Monday, 18 September 2017 01:36 PM

    But beware, they should have plan B to avoid humiliation in elections.

    Tilak Monday, 18 September 2017 01:55 PM

    Had it been the previous regime there would have been impeachments against the supreme court judges who shot down the amendment!

    BV Monday, 18 September 2017 04:17 PM

    Its a victory for Yahapalana supporters as it is nice to see their government obeying court rulings.Democracy at its best .

    daham Monday, 18 September 2017 04:27 PM

    That is a great victory for the people. That means for the Joint Opossition.

    sach Monday, 18 September 2017 08:31 PM

    The gov is trying every tactic to postpone elections and retain power. The most power hungry government in SL history ever

    jayasingha Monday, 18 September 2017 08:55 PM

    The supreme court had to show what yahapalanaya is.

    Mahila Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:00 AM

    Supreme Court was allowed to show merits of Yahapalanaya

    Aiyo Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:36 PM

    Everything they try to do comes a cropper!! How many laws and budget proposals have gone with the wind?!

    ralahamy Tuesday, 19 September 2017 04:41 PM

    Sri Lanka saved millions of rupees, by keeping the local governments vacant. They can continue to do so, and save millions more at this rate of not holding elections for local bodies,


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