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Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 9:31
Update - Debate on Local Government Election Draft Bill underway
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Debate on second reading of Local Government Election Draft Bill commenced in parliament this morning (24).

At the start of the session, the speaker told the House that the Draft Bill will be taken up for debate today and a vote will be taken on 6th of September.

However, Joint Opposition MP Dinesh Gunawardena said that the Opposition needs more time to study the Bill as the government has added 50 amendments to the original draft.

However, the speaker said that a decision could be taken at the party leaders' meeting to be held at 1.30pm today.


updated on 24/08/2017 at 12.54pm..................................


Draft Local Government Election Amendment Bill will be taken up debate in parliament today (24).

Meanwhile, Joint Opposition's SLFP MP Dullas Alahapperuma said that the amendments to the draft bill have been brought in by the government in secret.

He expressed this view when he met the officials of the National Election Commission in Rajagiriya yesterday (23).
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