Thu. Oct 22nd, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa states actions will be taken to propose a select committee for modifying the existing election laws to grant ballot rights to Sri Lankans living abroad.This was discussed during a meeting Temple Trees on Friday( 16)to talk about the strategic plans of the Election Commission, the Prime Minister’s media system said.During the meeting, Chairman of the Election Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya has mentioned the significance of amending the election laws in accordance with the Strategic Strategy of the Election Commission 2020-2024. The authorities of the election body further briefed the

prime minister on the modification of election deposits, helping with an earlier date for the voters who are unable to exercise their franchise on the day of the election, updating the electoral register every 3 months in order to approve the youth the right to vote as quickly as they turn 18, granting ballot rights to Sri Lankans expatriates, controlling election expenses, establishing special polling centres for differently-abled persons and e-voting system.Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna( SLPP)MP Attorney-at-Law Sagara Kariyawasam, Additional Secretaries to the Prime Minister Chaminda Kularatne and Ganesh Dharmawardena(Legal), Commissioner General of Elections Saman Sri Ratnayake, Secretary to the Commission H.M.T.D. Herath, Deputy Commissioner of Elections S. Achchudan, Research Study and Preparation Director Channa P. de Silva, Administrative Secretary of SLPP and Chairman of the National Real Estate Development Authority Renuka Perera were also present throughout this meeting. Source

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