Leading News from Sri Lanka:: * PM thinks about granting voting rights to
Sri Lankans living abroad Sat, Oct 17, 2020, 09:58 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. Oct 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has revealed that a choose committee will propose to change the election laws, including granting voting rights
to Sri Lankans living abroad. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has considered this at a discussion accepted Elections Commission authorities at Temple Trees Friday to discuss the tactical strategies of the Elections Commission.
Revealing his views, the Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has specified that it is imperative that the election laws be changed in accordance with the ‘Strategic Plan of the Election Commission 2020-2024’.
Authorities of the Election Commission informed the Prime Minister on numerous modifications need to be done on the election system consisting of revision of election deposits, granting an earlier date for those who are unable to vote on the day of the election, upgrading the electoral roll every three months to provide the youth the right to vote as soon as they turn 18, giving ballot rights to expatriate Sri Lankans, managing election expenses, facility of ‘Super Ballot Centers’ to help with the handicapped and e-voting system under unique jobs.
Secretary of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Attorney-at-Law Sagara Kariyawasam, Additional Secretaries to the Prime Minister Chaminda Kularatne, Ganesh Dharmawardena, Commissioner General of Elections Saman Sri Ratnayake, Secretary to the Commission HMTD Herath, Deputy Commissioner of Elections S. Achchudan, Research and Preparation Director Channa P. de Silva, Administrative Secretary of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and Chairman of the National Housing Advancement Authority, Renuka Perera were also present at the discussion.