AG informs PC polls cannot be held under existing laws

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 3 2021
News AG informs PC polls cannot be held under existing laws

By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake

The Attorney General is of the view that Provincial Council Elections cannot be held under existing laws, Leader of the House, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said at the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) to Identify Appropriate Reforms of the Election Laws and the Electoral System and to Recommend Necessary Amendments.

When the PSC met yesterday (2), Gunawardena said necessary legal provisions should be brought for elections to be held. He also stated that the general opinion of the PSC is that the Provincial Council Elections should be held expeditiously.

At the meeting, the SLFP suggested that it would be appropriate to hold Provincial Council elections expeditiously under the former election system limited to this particular election. 

State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, testifying on behalf of the SLFP, stated that many problems have arisen due to postponing of the Provincial Council elections for a long time. He said the SLFP believes that the polls should be held immediately. Furthermore, Local Government elections should be held in the first quarter of next year. The number of Local Government representatives should be limited to a maximum of 5,500, he said.

State Minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated at the committee that it is not appropriate to extend the term of Local Government bodies. He pointed out that the public is of the opinion that the number of seats in Local Government bodies should be reduced.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva explained that after the announcement of the Local Government Elections, the powers of those institutions should be transferred to a commissioner until the election is held and new members sworn in.



By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake | Published: 2:00 AM Dec 3 2021

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