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Sunday, 29 April 2018 - 13:27
Provincial Council polls could be postponed
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The Elections Commission and Election Monitoring Organizations expressed opinions that the Provincial Council Election may have to be postponed as a Parliamentary Committee has yet to be appointed to review the progress of the Provincial Council Delimitation Committee Report.
 
According to the Provincial Council Elections (Amended) Act, no 17 of 2017, the Provincial Council Delimitation Committee Report should be tabled in Parliament and should be approved with a two-thirds majority.
 
Furthermore, the whole procedure should be completed within a month after the report is presented to the Parliament.
 
The Provincial Council Delimitation Committee Report was tabled in Parliament on 6th of March.
 
Therefore, the time frame to pass the report by a two-thirds majority has already a history.
 
Accordingly, the next step would be to appoint a parliamentary committee to review the progress of the Provincial Council Delimitation Committee Report.
 
The members of the committee led by the Prime Minister should be named by the Speaker.
 
However, the appointment of the committee has been delayed due to the prorogation of the Parliament.
 
Accordingly, there is a possibility of Provincial Council elections being postponed.
437 councillors are to be elected at the upcoming Provincial Council election.
 
222 councillors will be elected through the divisional representation system while 215 councillors will be chosen based on the list submitted by the respective parties.
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