Electoral reforms before House on Oct.12

By Vindya Amaranayaka
Minister of Urban Development and Water Supply Dinesh Gunawardena who is also the chairman of the parliamentary select committee on electoral reforms said yesterday the final report of the committee which includes extensive reforms to the election system is to be submitted to the parliament on October 12.
“From October 9 to the 12, the committee will be sitting to gather submissions from several political parties and on the final day, the draft will be presented to the parliament,” he said.
He added that on the ninth the committee will meet a JVP delegation, on the 10th a delegation form the SLMC, 11th other political parties representing the parliament including the TNA and on the final day it will meet a delegation form the UNP and with their recommendations and suggestions the final draft will be prepared.
Gunawardena said that the draft will include extensive electoral reforms, especially with regard to parliamentary and local government elections and the establishment of a delimitation commission. He added that it will also include parameters on women representation and the use of electronic voting system during polls.
After the draft is presented in the parliament the minister expects it will take about one or two months to hold a comprehensive round of debates before it will be put to vote.


Intl. school monitoring body not in place

By Chamindra Wickremasinghe
The Accreditation Council that the Association of International Schools in Sri Lanka (AISSL) requested Education Minister, Susil Premajayantha to appoint in order to recognize, monitor and regulate the International and Private English Medium schools that follow the national curricula in the country is yet to be appointed, the association laments.
At the initial meeting held in April AISSL had requested the Education Minister all Private English Medium Schools be registered under the Private Schools division in order to be liaised by the Quality Assurance Unit of the Education Ministry to bridge the gap between the Education Ministry and Private English Medium Schools. ‘We need an impartial body that can control our schools so that mushrooming of international schools will stop. Dr. Newton Peiris said.


Lankan heads of mission summoned

The Foreign Ministry has summoned all the heads of mission representing Sri Lanka in foreign countries for a get-together, ministry sources said.
The get-together will start on October 4 and is expected to last for four days. The objective of this meet is to spell out the government policy and to direct them in carrying out their duties according to the policies of the government.


JVP says hands off Sri Lanka

The United Front to Protect the Nation, an organisation initiated by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has decided to hold a rally under the banner of ‘Hands off Sri Lanka’ to pressurise the international community on October 4 in Colombo.
This protest rally is to promote certain slogans including Remove Norway from the Peace Process and Nullify the CFA immediately.