pc polls in january ?

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It is mandatory to demarcate new provincial council boundaries


 

Only if all laws are enacted: PM 

 

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  • There were only two alternatives to ensure elections were held in January 2019

 

By Yohan Perera   

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed the party leaders in Parliament that the provincial council elections can be held in January next year only if the Provincial Council Elections Amendment Bill and the delimitation report are approved.  

Government sources said there were only two alternatives to ensure that the elections were held in January 2019 –  either to hold the election under the present proportional representation system or hold it under the new mixed system after approving all the schedules of the PC Elections Amendment Bill and the delimitation report.    

 


If delimitation report is approved

 

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By Sandun A Jayasekera

Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said yesterday that elections to six provincial councils could be held in January 2019 if Parliament approved the delimitation report this month.   

 

This was after Minister, Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters that Parliament would take up the delimitation report for debate on August 24.  


The main impediment to holding the PC polls was the delay in approving the delimitation report as it is mandatory to demarcate new provincial council boundaries on the basis that the PC polls will be held under the new electoral system.  

 

The main impediment to holding the PC polls was the delay in approving the delimitation report

 


Delimitation report   Debate and Vote on Aug. 24

 

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  • SLFP CC unanimously decided to hold PC polls under the new electoral system

 

By Sandun A. Jayasekera

Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said yesterday that the delimitation report would be taken up for debate and approved on August 24, following a consensus among party leaders that the PC polls should be held as early as possible.   

 

He said the SLFP Central Committee chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena at its meeting last week  unanimously decided to hold the PC polls under the new electoral system.   


Three PCs, Eastern, North-Central and Sabaragamuwa are being administered by governors of the respective provinces, since their tenure expired in September 2017 while the term of office of three other provincial councils — Central, Northern and Wayamba will end in September.   


The elections will be held to all 6 PCs on a single day in January next year.   The minister said the SLFP had almost completed the reorganization of the party.  


“Executive committees of the party at electoral division level have almost been completed. In the Eastern province the process is a bit slow but we expect to meet the gap soon. Selecting candidates for the PC polls will be started shortly from among young professionals and other educated and leading social figures. The SLFP would ensure to give more opportunities to educated young women and their 25% representation in the new PCs,” Minister Samarasinghe stressed.   


The Minister said the joint opposition’s attempt to elect the Leader of the Opposition from among their members after resigning from the UPFA will not be successful as they will all lose their Parliamentary membership soon after they resign from the party. 

 

 

Executive committees of the party at electoral divisions level have  almost been completed. In the Eastern province the process is a bit slow  but we expect to meet the gap soon. Selecting candidates for the PC  polls will be started shortly from among young professionals and other  educated and leading social figures