PC polls likely under PR system

Published : 12:02 am  November 20, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


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  • Delimitation report not ready


Untitled-2By Sandun A Jayasekera

The government has decided to hold elections to the six provincial councils as early as possible under the proportional representation system, Local Government, Provincial Councils and Sports Minister Faizer Musthapha said.   

He said the cabinet had also decided to introduce the 25% women representation in addition to 25 technical amendments to the electoral system before going to the polls.   

“North-Central, Northern, Central, North Western, Sabaragamuwa and Eastern Provincial Councils are now being administered by the respective Governors,” the minister said.  He said holding elections under the new electoral system was not possible because the delimitation report has not been approved by Parliament.   

“The five-member delimitation review committee chaired by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has not been presented to President Maithripala Sirisena as required after the expiry of its term of office of two months and therefore, it is impossible to hold PC polls under the new system,” the minister said.   

However, he said a two-thirds majority in Parliament was required to approve the previous electoral system and that it was up to the party leaders to come to an agreement to approve the electoral system if they were genuinely keen on holding the PC polls as soon as possible. 



North-Central, Northern, Central, North Western, Sabaragamuwa and  Eastern Provincial Councils are now being administered by the respective  Governors