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* Party leaders to summon AG for next meeting to decide on electoral system
Thu, Feb 21, 2019, 12:48 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 21, Colombo: A decision have been taken at the party leaders' meeting yesterday to summon the Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya for the next meeting to inquire into the legal status of holding the provincial council election under the old system.

Minister Mano Ganesan said that party leaders including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse attended the meeting held yesterday under the patronage of the Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

Minister Mano Ganesan said the attention of the meeting focused on holding long overdue Provincial Council elections and they have decided to meet the President to discuss some issues party leaders have regarding the PC elections.

Minister Ganesan said party leaders have agreed that he along with ministers Rauf Hakeem and Rishad Bathiudeen will meet with the President to get a final solution to their problems. They have agreed summon the attorney general to the next party leaders' meeting and take further actions based on his decisions

President Maithripala Sirisena has presented a proposal to the Cabinet to hold elections for all provincial councils on the same day before 31st of May 2019.

The elections to six provincial councils are long overdue. The terms of Sabaragamuwa, Eastern and North-Central provincial councils ended in September 2017 while the term of office of the Central, North Western and Northern provincial councils ended in September 2018.

The term of office of the Western and Southern Provincial Councils are to end by April this year while that of the Uva Provincial Council will end in September.

Meanwhile the term of office of Southern Provincial Council will end on April 10 and Western Provincial Council's term will expire at the end of April. The term of office of Uva Provincial Council will end in October.


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