Three PCs to come under purview of Governors after Sep. 26

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By Sandun A Jayasekera

LATE-CITY-DM-1-4The three Provincial Councils of Sabaragamuwa, North Central and Eastern will be brought under the administration of the governors of the respective provinces once their terms of office expire on September 26 until such time the elections are held for the three provinces, Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Musthapha said yesterday.  


Minister Musthapha added that elections for the three PCs could not be held until the delimitation process was over and expressed hopes that the government would be in a position to finish the job by March 2018 making way for the elections commission to conduct polls for the three PCs in March.  Now that the Provincial Councils (Electoral) Amendment Bill has been passed in Parliament by more than a two thirds majority on Wednesday, the Elections Commissions is not obliged to announce nominations for the three PCs after the expiry of the term of office of the three PCs.  Minister Musthapha addressing a news briefing at his ministry last afternoon said if there were any impediments – legal or technical- to delay the passing legislation on delimitation, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will appoint a five member committee to address them and pass the bill before March 2018.   Commenting on the passing of the Provincial Councils Electoral (Amendment)Bill on Wednesday, Minister Musthapha said the government indulged into the amendments proposed by the joint opposition and lowered the ratio to elect members under the first past the post system to 50% from the 60% agreed upon earlier and increased the PR ration to 50% from 40%.  

This clearly shows the democratic behaviour of the yahapalana government and yesterday’s victory in Parliament was good indicators to the true position of the government and the JO.   

“The JO’s claim that the government was weak and the JO would topple the government no sooner than later is utter rubbish. But let them live on these dreams because they must tell these lies for their survival,” minister Musthapha added.

He said the local government polls would be held in January 2018 after the technical amendments were passed in Parliament and they could be passed by mid October.