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The 20th Amendment to the Constitution will provide for the increase of the membership of the National Election Commission to five and the quorum to three, a Minister said yesterday.

Justice Minister Ali Sabry told the Daily Mirror the provision to this effect would be incorporated into the originally drafted bill during the committee stage of the debate in Parliament. The bill has already been presented to Parliament.

The government has announced that a set of fresh amendments would be incorporated into the bill when it is taken up for debate in the House before enactment.

Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya also said his office proposed such an amendment regarding the Election Commission. Currently, there are three members in the commission.

“We proposed that the quorum should be two out of three or three out of five. During elections, we are required to make quick decisions. Then, the quorum is important since it is impractical on some occasions for all members to attend meetings,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • E See Friday, 02 October 2020 09:09 AM

    Without decorum, quorum is meaningless in any setting, not forgetting the Parliament.

    Man Friday, 02 October 2020 09:23 AM

    Five members appointed by the President ? Hilarious.

    FF Friday, 02 October 2020 09:49 AM

    WHY WAS THIS HALF BAKED CAKE (AMENDMENT) GAZETTED AND SUBMITTED TO PARLIAMENT IN SUCH A HURRY. THEY COULD HAVE EASILY DISCUSSED THE AMENDMENT FULLY AND THEN PRESENTED.

    Chux Friday, 02 October 2020 03:57 PM

    It is not no of people but independent of the commission matters for the people of the country

    Joshua Friday, 02 October 2020 04:21 PM

    Darby ringing pohottuwa bell

    Sambo Saturday, 03 October 2020 07:50 AM

    We have no faith in this justice minister at all. he is a puppet of so and so. How can one expect justice in a country with such people at the helm.


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