Image: Tamil people wait to vote as police officers stand guard at a polling station during the northern provincial council election on Sept. 21, 2013 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images.
TNA Member of Parliament M. A. Sumanthiran is to move adjournment Motion in Parliament on the 6th of July which says that ” if it is not possible to complete the said reforms within the next two months, we urge that the Provincial Councils (Amendment) Act No. 17 of 2017 be repealed immediately so that elections to the provincial councils can be held without any further postponement.”
To be moved by Hon M A Sumanthiran on 06/07/ 2018
Whereas the terms of office of 3 Provincial Councils came to an end in October 2017.
And whereas no election to the said three councils have been conducted to date owing to the fact that the Provincial Council Elections Act was amended in order to introduce reforms to the electoral process.
And whereas three more Provincial Councils will end their respective terms of office by October 2018.
No election to any Provincial Council can be held due to the fact that the electoral reforms are not yet complete.
An urgent priority has arisen to complete the electoral reforms so that the franchise of the people of the several provinces are not denied any further.
We urge the government complete the electoral reforms to the Provincial Councils election laws immediately without any further delay.
And if it is not possible to complete the said reforms within the next two months, we urge that the Provincial Councils (Amendment) Act No. 17 of 2017 be repealed immediately so that elections to the provincial councils can be held without any further postponement.
M A Sumanthiran
Member of Parliament