The Divinaguma bill has been passed at all 8 provincial councils.
Today the bill was passed with a majority of votes in the North Central, Sabaragamuwa & Southern provincial councils.
The bill obtained 27 votes in favour & 12 votes against at the Sabaragamuwa Provincial council, there by ending up in approval by a majority of 15 votes.
Meanwhile in the Southern provincial council the Divinaguma Bill was passed with a majority of 11 votes.
26 votes were cast in favour while 15 were cast against.
Previously the Divinaguma bill was passed with a majority of votes at the Western, North West & Uwa provincial councils.
Moreover the bill which was presented before the Central & Eastern Provincial councils yesterday was approved with a majority of votes.
Subsequent to the bill being presented before parliament the speaker of the house inquired into the legality of the bill from the countries apex court.
The Supreme Court in turn had notified the speaker that since the bill contained aspects pertinent to the administration of provincial councils their consent in this regard should be obtained.
Accordingly the Divinaguma bill was presented before provincial councils for their endorsement.
The United National Party charges that the Divinaguma Bill cannot be enacted
devoid of the of the Northern Provincial council being established.
UNP MP lakshman Kiriella made the following observation while addressing a media briefing which was convened in Colombo today.
When inquired if the Divinaguma Bill could be incorporated as an act devoid of the consent of the Northern Provincial council Senior Attorney at Law
Gomin Dayasri had this to say.