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Former CJ filed petition against PC Elections Bill

Former Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva today filed a petition challenging the legality of the Provincial Council Elections Amendment Bill, which was recently passed in Parliament.

Former CJ had filed the petition with the Supreme Court, requesting the court to determine that the bill was unlawful.

The Provincial Council Elections (Amendment) Bill was passed in Parliament with a two-thirds majority on September 20, with 154 voting in favour and 43 against.

Several organizations and associations had voiced concern over the procedure adopted in passing the bill while the Joint Opposition had also accused the government of forcing amendment to the bill before it was taken for a vote and that it will be used to delay polls.

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