Inconsistent amendments will be removed: PM assures House

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured the House that amendments to the Local Government Election Bill which are inconsistent with its nature will be removed during the committee stage of the debate to be taken up in Parliament on Thursday.

He made these observations in response to a query made on the amendments to the Bill by Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

Speaking in Parliament, Premier Wickremasinghe stated that the proposed election system could be tested at the Local Government election. All members are invited to establish an election system that could be accepted by all. The government need not postpone elections.

He stated that there was a long debate in the country over a new election system. But as there was an opposition against the proposed system, the formulation of the new system delayed. We have been able to include 55 amendments to the Bill proposed by the Election Commission. Women Parliamentarians also have made a suggestion of increasing the women representation to 30 percent.

“Lets finish everything and hold elections without delay. All should help this endeavour,” he said.

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