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Friday, 25 August 2017 - 12:18
New LG election draft bill passed in parliament
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New Local Government Election Draft Bill was passed in parliament this afternoon (25).

120 MPs voted for the bill while 44 members abstained from voting. 

Members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and TNA voted for the bill while JO members had abstained from voting.

No member had voted against the draft bill.

Debate on new Local Government Draft Bill began in parliament this morning.

However, a tense atmosphere was prevailed inside the House.

There were intense arguments amongst the MPs whether a vote had called for the third reading.

Eventually, the Speaker agreed to allow a vote, which was demanded by the Joint Opposition.

The Joint Opposition also moved a proposal against a clause in the bill and the Speaker called a vote for that as well.

According to the bill, the field officers such as Gramaseva Officers, Samurdhi and Development Assistants cannot contest the LG polls.

The leader of the Joint Opposition moved a proposal against that clause.

During the vote, 43 MPs voted for it and 117 voted against it.

Then the Speaker decided to call for a vote and it was conducted using the electronic voting system established at the parliament.

Meanwhile, the tabling of new Inland Revenue Draft Bill was postponed until next Wednesday (30).

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