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PC Elections (Amendment) Act to be amended

Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faiszer Musthapha is scheduled to present a Bill to amend the shortcomings in the PC Elections (Amendment) Act, once the proposals are presented to him by a committee formed in this regard.
The Bill would initially be presented as a Cabinet Paper for approval, subsequent to which it would be presented to Parliament, polls monitor the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) said.

The committee comprises Prof. Sudantha Liyanage, Dr. Sujata Gamage,Louis Ganeshananthan, S. Medawewa, P.M. Siriwardena, Kumudini Samuel, Executive Director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi and Manjula Gajanayake. The committee is scheduled to present its proposals to Musthapha and Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya on or around 15 July.

Hettiarachchi, speaking to Ceylon Today said that apart from having already met and consulted with the Provincial Councillors from the North Central Province, all three Districts of the Western Province, and the Southern Province, they will on 4 July visit Vavuniya to meet the Northern Provincial Councillors for the same purpose. They are yet to meet with the Provincial Councillors from the Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. Besides politicians, academics too are being consulted, he added.

The committee is also to seek a meeting with the secretaries of political parties. The output of the consultative meetings will go towards the development of the proposals and eventually the Bill, he pointed out.  

“The existing Act may be very good but if the political parties aren’t comfortable with it, it will not work. We are however, operating on the basis that the delimitation to be presented will stand. The politicians are concerned with whether their representation is protected.

Therefore, we have to look at the issue practically and provide solutions to address the shortcomings in the Act,” Hettiarachchi further explained.

(Ceylon Today)

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