Parliament to debate 20th Amendment on september 20

Thursday, 14 September 2017

The 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which provides for holding the elections for all provincial councils on the same date, will be taken up in Parliament next week.

Parliamentary Business Committee chaired by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has decided to facilitate a full-day debate on the legislation on September 20 from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm.

The Supreme Court last Friday concluded arguments put forward in support and against the 20th Amendment. The SC determination over the draft bill will be communicated to the Speaker within the next couple of days. Speaker Jayasuriya last week in Parliament announced that he received the copies of 13 petitions filed against the proposed Bill.