Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Election Commissioner to announce the decision on redistributing seats in the Uva Provincial Council next week
Fri, Jul 4, 2014, 11:25 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Election Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya said today that the Election Department has not officially announced the redistribution of seats in the Uva Provincial Council yet and it is considering to issue a statement regarding the matter next week.

The Election Department has decided to reduce three seats of Badulla district of Uva Province and add them to the Moneragala district.

However, the main opposition United National Party opposed the Election Department's decision to redistribute the council seats in the Council which is expected to be dissolved soon in preparation for elections to the Council in September.

A group of UNP members met the Elections Commissioner at his office in Rajagiriya this morning, in order to discuss the issue.

UNP Parliamentarian Joseph Michael Perera who participated in the discussion said they in writing lodged a protest against the mechanism used to calculate the redistribution of seats. The party said they are prepared to take legal action against the move.

Deputy Election Commissioner M.M. Mohammed said earlier that the seats in the Provincial Councils are distributed as one for each 40,000 voters and one per each 10 square kilometers.

UNP parliamentarian Harin Fernando, who is slated to contest as the UNP Chief Minister candidate for the Province, protesting the redistribution alleged that there is a conspiracy to prevent UNP gaining power in the Provincial Council and the move is aimed at preventing the victory of the UNP.

The Election Commissioner however said that the Department had not taken a decision yet and they will discuss the issue with the Attorney General's Department and make the announcement next week.

** Related Story :: Sri Lanka main opposition protests change in distribution of seats in Uva Provincial Council

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Global movement urges Sri Lanka Army to release records of war 'surrendees'
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Central Bank releases results of Purchasing Managers' Index Survey
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lankan PM says major part of taxes being spent on education
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka will discuss setting up special courts for accountability with Tamil party and victims - FM
-- [6 hours ago]
Over 400 Tamils to join Sri Lanka Police to be posted in North and East
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka police nab six with over one kg of heroin worth Rs. 12 mn
-- [8 hours ago]
GIZ and Ceylon Chamber partner to strengthen business and social links between SMEs in the Eastern and Central Provinces
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Parliamentary Research and Training Institute set up with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka parliament passes Right to Information Bill with amendments
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka will sign a trade pact with UK soon following Brexit - Deputy FM
-- [9 hours ago]

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.