PC polls on Jan. 5

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By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana   

Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya and Delimitation Commission Chairman K. Thavalingam have informed party leaders that Provincial Council elections could be held on January 5 if a final decision on the polls was taken before the end of October. 


A statement from the Speaker’s office said the two chairmen had come up with this notion at meeting held between them and leaders of political parties representing Parliament. 


Meanwhile, it was reported that party leaders would meet on December 26 to decide under which system the polls should be held. A majority have preferred the proportional representation system while the Provincial Councils Minister favours the new mixed system. He has said even President Maithripala Sirisena was of the opinion that the election should be held under the mixed system.   

 

Speaker to appoint a committee comprising PM, opposition leader, Ministers Hakeem and Nimal Siripala, Elections Commissioner, Delimitation Commission Chairman  


It was reported that the Speaker would appoint a committee as per the Provincial Councils Election (Amendment) Bill. This committee will include Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, opposition leader R. Sampanthan, Ministers Rauff Hakeem and Nimal Siripala De Silva, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya and Delimitation Commission Chairman K. Thavalingam.   

A statement from the Speaker’s office said the two chairmen had come up with this notion at a meeting held between them and leaders of political parties representing Parliament. 

 

A majority have preferred the proportional representation system while the Provincial Councils Minister favours the new mixed system


Meanwhile, it was reported that party leaders would meet on December 26 to decide under which system the polls should be held. A majority have preferred the proportional representation system while the Provincial Councils Minister favours the new mixed system. He has said even President Maithripala Sirisena was of the opinion that the election should be held under the mixed system.   


It was reported that the Speaker would appoint a committee as per the Provincial Councils Election (Amendment) Bill. This committee will include Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, opposition leader R. Sampanthan, Ministers Rauff Hakeem and Nimal Siripala De Silva, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya and Delimitation Commission Chairman K. Thavalingam.   

 


Party leaders to meet again on July 26

By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana 

Party leaders who failed to arrive at a decision on whether Provincial Council elections should be held under the proportional representation system or the new mixed system have decided to meet again on July 26, Parliamentary sources said yesterday. 

Nevertheless, they have decided to hold the election by the end of this year or beginning of next year. 


Although, a majority including Minister Rauff Hakeem and JO parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardane have stated that the election should be held under the proportional representation system, the Provincial Councils Minister is of the opinion that polls should be held under the new mixed system.   

 

Nevertheless, they have decided to hold the election by the end of this year or beginning of next year.  Although, a majority including Minister Rauff Hakeem and JO parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardane have stated that the election should be held under the proportional representation system, the Provincial Councils Minister is of the opinion that polls should be held under the new mixed system.   

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