Sept 20, Colombo: Despite the commotion earlier today, Sri Lanka parliament passed a bill to increase female representation in Provincial Councils with two-third majority.
The third reading of the Provincial Council (PC) Elections (Amendment) Bill passed in Parliament a short while ago with a two-thirds majority. The Bill was passed with 159 MPs voting for it and 34 against.
Earlier, the second reading of the Bill passed with 154 MPs voting for it and 43 against.
Provincial Councils Elections (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the Provincial Councils Elections Act, No. 2 of 1988 to make it binding on all political parties and independent groups to field at least 25 percent female candidates in Provincial Council elections.
Parliament sittings were suspended for about two hours earlier in today's session as Joint Opposition members disrupted the debate on the bill.