Registration of Electors Bill and EPF Bill endorsed
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena yesterday (21) informed Parliament that he endorsed the certificate on Registration of Electors (Amendment) Bill and Employees’ Provident Fund (Amendment) Bill on 13 October. Under the Registration of Electors Act No. 44 of 1980, voters are registered on the first day of June each year at the age of 18 years.
However, young people whose birthdays fall after the said date will have the right to vote in the elections to be held after 31 May the following year. Accordingly, this amendment was passed to provide the opportunity to those who have attained the age of 18 years to cast their votes expeditiously. The Employees’ Provident Fund (Amendment) Act makes necessary amendments to enable Sri Lankan workers working in India to receive contributions made to the Social Security Fund before the age of 58.