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Constitutional Amendment draft defeated in SPC

The draft bill on the 20th amendment to the Constitution, which enables granting power to hold all Provincial Council elections on the same day, has been defeated in the Southern Provincial Council.

NewsRadio Correspondent said 27 councillors representing the Joint Opposition utilised their vote against the draft bill.

A group of members attached to the United National Party and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party had left the chamber during the vote.

A Southern Provincial Councillor speaking to NewsRadio said the mace was also damaged during the tense situation which broke out at the chamber.

A tense situation was reported yesterday as well at the Western Provincial Council during the debate on 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

The mace was also damaged as a result of the unruly behaviour.

On the 24th of August, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was also defeated in the Uva Provincial Council as 12 Provincial Councillors voted against the proposed amendment while only 5 votes were cast in favour.

8 Provincial Councillors refrained from casting vote.

However, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was passed with a majority vote in the North Central Provincial Council when the vote was taken on the 22nd of August.


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