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* JO brings no confidence motion against Minister for postponement of elections
Thu, Nov 23, 2017, 09:54 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 23, Colombo: The Joint Opposition has handed over a no-confidence motion to the Speaker against Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government Faizer Mustapha saying that the Minister should be held responsible for the continuing postponement of the local government polls.

Speaking to the BBC Sinhala Service, Member of Parliament Bandula Gunawardena said there is no longer confidence in the subject minister because of his failure to hold local government elections at the proper time.

"When the Election Commission is mandated and is in the process to hold local government elections, failure of the subject minister to hold the elections has seriously undermined Sri Lanka's democracy. Since the minister can no longer be trusted, we propose the Minister should resign from his post," the JO said.

This is the first time that a no-confidence motion was made against a minister representing the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) after the national government came to power.

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday (Nov 22) issued an injunction order until December 04, for implementation of the gazette notification on the delimitation of local government bodies.

It is suspected that holding local government elections is likely to be postponed again.

The Court of Appeal issued the enjoining order after considering a petition filed by six voters of several districts requesting to annul the gazette notification.

The petition alleged that the gazette was issued by the subject minister in violation of the recommendations made by the National Delimitation Committee implementation of the gazette notification would cause a grave injustice to the petitioners.


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