Inland Revenue Bill passed with majority

The Inland Revenue Bill was passed with a majority of 65 votes in Parliament yesterday. It has incorporated over 100 Amendments.

The Bill replaces the Inland Revenue Act No 10 of 2006. Following a division called by the Opposition, 90 MPs voted in favour whereas 25 MPs voted against.

109 MPs were absent at the time of voting that was taken using newly installed electronic voting system. The UNP, SLFP members in the Government ranks voted in favour, whereas the JVP and JO voted against. The TNA MPs were not in the chamber when the final vote was taken. Prior to that, the second reading of the Bill was passed with a majority of 59 votes. The Bill received 100 votes for and 41 against, while 83 members were absent at the time of the voting.

The UNP, SLFP members in the Government ranks and TNA voted in favour, whereas the JVP and JO voted against.

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