The de-limitation committee report on the provincial councils was defeated in the Parliament yesterday with none voting for it

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The de-limitation committee report of the provincial councils was defeated in the Parliament last evening by majority of 139 votes. None voted for the proposal. It is now at the Speaker’s hand to take constitutional measures as the report was not passed in the House. At the committee of Parliamentary Affairs it was lengthily discussed to take necessary action. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya is strictly in the opinion of not to postpone the Provincial council elections at any reason.

The relevant parties agreed to extend their fullest support to hold the provincial council polls as early as possible. It is expected to hold the elections by January next year. The speaker will appoint a five member committee of political party representatives in this connection.

Joining the relevant debate parliamentarian Mujibar Rahuman said that the committee report has rejected the forming of multi-member electorate for the upcoming provincial council polls. Multi-member electorate will held for fair representation to minor ethnic groups. Therefore, the report has not respected democracy.

Joining the debate parliamentarian Wasudeva Nanayakkara said the provincial council polls should be held under the new system.

Parliamentarian S M Marikkar the new system may arouse communal and religious hatred.
Minister Faizer Mustafa said the de-limitation committee report is not a report brought by the government. It is a report prepared by an independent committee.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assures that election for all provincial councils will be held soon. All necessary arrangements will be carried out in due course to conduct these elections without delaying further.

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