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Delimitation Com. requests more time


By Sandun A Jayasekera

President Maithripala Sirisena is yet to respond to a request made by the five-member committee chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for a further two months to review the provincial council delimitation report.   

The committee was appointed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on August 28 to review the delimitation report and hand over its recommendations to President Maithripala Sirisena on or before October 28.   
However, the Prime Minister had requested the President through the Speaker to extend the deadline by another two months .   

But with no such extension the committee will be compelled to submit the report by the prescribed date.    

The other members of the committee are Prof. Balasundaram Pillai, Dr. A.S.M. Naufal, R.M.A.L. Ratnayake and Periyasami Muthulingam.   

 Prof. Pillai told Daily Mirror yesterday that the committee had met on September 7 and 28 and had also interacted with political party representatives to obtain their views.   

“The minority parties mentioned some shortcomings in the delimitation report and the committee has taken measures to address them. I am ready to finish my job as committee member within the stipulated time so that the report could be handed over to the President on time,” he said.   

The President is required to gazette the report no sooner he receives it on October 28, paving the way for the Election Commission to hold PC polls for six PCs in early 2019.   

Prof. Pillai said it was vital to hold the PC polls without further delay after the delimitation issues have been sorted out.   

The five-member expert committee was appointed after Parliament rejected the delimitation report with 139 MPs 
voting against.   

One of the major proposals of the delimitation report was to hold the PC polls under the mixed electoral system with 50% elected on the PR system and 50% on the first-past-the-post-system which was highly criticised in the wake of the confusion that arose after the LG polls in February.


The minority parties mentioned some shortcomings in the delimitation  report and the committee took measures to address them