Written by Zulfick Farzan
11 Oct, 2021 | 4:34 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister (Professor) G. L. Peiris notes the absence of Provincial Councilors is unjust to the people and democracy of the country.
“For two years the people have not been able to meet provincial public representatives to raise their concerns,” said the Minister.
He said the government will call for Provincial Council elections while amending the government’s programs to realize the people’s aspirations.
Professor G. L. Peiris said the Attorney General had stressed the need for a new Provincial Councils Act for an election to take place.
“We wish to conduct the Provincial Council Elections before March 2022,” he said adding the elections will not take place under the influence of any external force.
However, the media statement issued by the Indian High Commission at the conclusion of the visit by India’s Foreign Secretary reiterated India’s position on complete implementation of the provisions under the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, including devolution of powers and the holding of Provincial Council elections at the earliest.
Professor Peiris said there was no influence from India, and noted that the neighboring country has always made its position clear on the 13th Amendment to the constitution, which is nothing new.
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