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PM suggests testing the new electoral system at upcoming local government elections

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament that the government’s intention is to implement an electoral system agreed upon by all.

He said the proposed new electoral system can be experimented in the coming local government elections, rectified shortcomings and included into the new constitution.

Meanwhile, the speaker informed the House that the petition against the Local Government Elections Amendment Bill has been withdrawn.

The Bill entitled “Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment)” has been challenged in the Supreme Court in terms of Article 121(1) of the Constitution.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said that the Supreme Court has communicated that the Petitioner informed the court that he does not wish to proceed with the petition.

The Supreme Court has determined that the Bill is not inconsistent with the provisions of the Constitution, and support the equality provisions referred to in Article 12(4) of the Constitution.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said that a long debate took place in the country on the proposed electoral system but there was no agreement between the political parties on the previous proposal. However, the task has been completed and everyone wants to have the elections soon, he said.

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