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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 - 11:43
20A defeated in Southern Provincial Council
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The draft of 20th amendment to the constitution was defeated at the Southern Provincial Council today (29).

The amendment seeks to hold the provincial council elections on the same day. 

The Southern Chief Minister tabled the respective amendment this morning and it led to a tense situation within the chamber.

However, when the vote was taken, the resolution was defeated by a majority of 27 votes. 27 UPFA members who represent the Joint Opposition voted against the Bill.

Our correspondent stated that the UNP members and Chief Minister Shan Wijelal de Silva were absent at the time of the vote taking 

When UNP Councilor Chandana Priyantha attempted to grab the Mace, the Joint Opposition members intervened to stop him.

 It has been reported that consequent to the brawl, the Mace was broken into three pieces.


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