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Amended Local Government Elections Bill to be signed on August 31


Speaker of Parliament Karu Jayasuriya said today that the Amended Local Government Elections Bill will be signed on August 31.

The Amended Local Authorities Elections Bill was passed in Parliament on August 25  with a majority of 120 votes providing for holding the long overdue Local Government elections under a new electoral system. 

Following a division called by the Joint Opposition, 120 members voted for the bill, while 44 members abstained.

No member voted against the bill.

The UNP and SLFP members in the Government, JVP and TNA voted in favour.

The Joint Opposition led by MEP Leader Dinesh Gunawardena abstained from voting.