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The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) yesterday urged the Government to hold the Local Government elections immediately stating that there were no barriers preventing the poll now with the passing of Local Government Elections (Amendment) Bill in Parliament last week.

JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a news briefing that the Local Government elections could be held without further delays as the shortcomings of the Local Government Elections Bill, which was passed in 2012 had been corrected by the amendment.

“The Speaker should endorse the Bill immediately while Local Government Minister should do the rest so that elections could be held within 70 days as assured by the Chairman of the Elections Commission,” Mr. Dissanayake said.

He said the shortcomings, which were in the Local Government Election Bill originally passed in 2012, had been rectified.

“The Amended Bill has ensured that the true will of the people is reflected by selecting 60 percent of the members through First Past the Post (FPP) system and 40 percent on Proportional Representation (PR) basis.

“Only the two main parties could get their members elected under the original legislation as only 30 percent of the members are to elected on proportional representation basis,” he said.

He said the reduction of deposit payment was another positive factor in the new legislation.

The Bill he said when taken as a whole was a victory for democracy.

Meanwhile, the JVP urged the Government to bring in the National Audit Bill so that Independent Audit Commission could carry out its work effectively.

“Though an Independent Audit Commission is set up under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, its duties and powers are not determined effectively. These duties and power could only be determined by the Audit Bill,” Mr. Dissanayake said.

In the meantime Mr. Dissanayake, who responded to a question raised by journalists on the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, said his party would have to study the proposals.

“We have to study the real aspirations of the Government in bringing this piece of legislation though we are favourable towards holding the elections of all Provincial Councils on the same day. However we cannot endorse postponing of elections on certain councils,” he said. (Yohan Perera)

 

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  • nick Monday, 28 August 2017 06:21 AM

    this guy is so good wish he is a president but when people have to vote they only vote for one of the two main party just imagine if he contest as podu apekshaka my vote will be for him via DM Android App

    Snowy Monday, 28 August 2017 07:08 AM

    Yes, me too. You will be sent packing as intelligent people do not have confidence in your party. I suggest you collaborate with the JO.

    cheers Monday, 28 August 2017 09:11 AM

    Now after passing this bill the current govt will be a dead govt loosing all elections for the next 20 years

    Sri Wickrema Monday, 28 August 2017 02:24 PM

    Under the new FPP system your party will not get a single seat.

    ananda Monday, 28 August 2017 03:09 PM

    Ranil must ensure the audit bill is passed quickly in Parliament as people are accusing RW for having a hand in the bond scam. via DM Android App

    ceylon Monday, 28 August 2017 10:02 PM

    he think people vote for jvp.people vote according to works.what works jvp did even has somany ministers those days . via DM Android App

    chandra Monday, 28 August 2017 10:10 PM

    Anura; Do not collect our Identity Cards.


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