Delimitation Review Committee Prez likely to extend deadline

Published : 12:02 am  October 26, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 

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Life-1By Sandun A Jayasekera

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday President Maithripala Sirisena was likely to extend the deadline given to the five-member delimitation review committee chaired by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.   

 

This would further delay the elections to the six provincial councils.  


The committee was appointed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on August 28 with a mandate to review the delimitation report, which was rejected by Parliament.   


The minister told a news briefing that he hoped the President would extend the deadline based on a request made by the Prime Minister.  “It is not an easy task to review and recommend amendments to the delimitation report on 160 constituencies in nine provinces and in such a scenario an extension of the deadline was likely before the 28th,” he said.   


Meanwhile, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) in a statement said the government had violated all norms and principles of participatory democracy and good governance by  postponing the PC polls.   


It said the UNP, UPFA, TNA and the JVP were working in cahoots to block the PC polls in the wake of the electoral setback they suffered at local government elections in February.   


Commenting on the demand by estate workers for an increase of their daily wage to Rs.1,000, the minister said he believed that it was reasonable.  


“It is no secret that estate workers are living under extremely harsh conditions. They should be given a fair share of the income earned by the estate sector. They have been subjected to discrimination for centuries and without proper education and housing. I personally believe that they must be paid what they demand,” he said. 

 

It is not an easy task to review and recommend amendments to the  delimitation report on 160 constituencies in nine provinces and in such a  scenario an extension of the deadline was likely before the 28th

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