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Local election reforms bill: SLMC opts for ‘wait-and-see’ policy

By Santhush Fernando
The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) said that it had now adopted a ‘wait-and-see’ approach as the United
People’s Freedom Alliance government had agreed to make alterations to the original Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill.
SLMC national organiser Shafeek Rajabdeen told The Nation that though the SLMC had earlier decided to extend unconditional support to the bill, the UPFA was yet to inform government‘s position over the two amendments proposed by his party.
“We are watching the developments. President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in China at the moment and we hope to hear from the UPFA once he returns to Sri Lanka,” Rajabdeen said.
Rajabdeen said that during the preliminary talks with Minister Basil Rajapaksa and Dinesh Gunawardena, UPFA representatives promised to include two amendments proposed by SLMC. It was also agreed to allow thorough discussion at the Select Committee stage.