Stakeholder Meeting on New Provincial Council Election System

A critical dialogue on the new provincial council’s election system, organized by People’s Action for Free & Fair Elections (PAFFREL) in partnership with Centre for  Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) was held at the Water’s Edge Hotel on 25th April 2018.

Key stakeholders including the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government, political parties and Academia as well as Civil Society Leaders attended at this event. Main objective of this event was to review the outcome of recently concluded Local Government Elections held under the new electoral system as well as to discuss about the newly introduced Provincial Councils Election Amendment Act.

Key speakers at this event were Mahinda Deshapriya, the Chairman, Election Commission of Sri Lanka, K. Thavalingam, the Chairman, National Delimitation Commission, Prof. Sudantha Liyanage, Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences and Dr. Sujatha Gamage. Panelists for the discussion included Saman Sri Rathnayake, Additional Commissioner of Election Commission and the Secretary of National Delimitation Commission, Gayani Premathilaka, Attorney at law, Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government and Luwie Ganeshathasan, Attorney At Law, Researcher, Centre for Policy Alternatives. Rohana Hettiarachchi, Executive Director of PAFFREL was the facilitator of the panel discussion while Manjula Gajanayake, National Coordinator of CMEV also giving his contribution to the discussion.

A large section of individuals representing various government agencies, civil society organizations and other likeminded institutions took part in this event. The main outcome of the said discussion has been the appointment of a committee to consult key stakeholders on the existing provincial council’s election system within a time frame of one and half month. USAID – DAI provided the financial support for this event.

Press Conference – March 12 Movement

The March 12 Movement convened a press conference to address numerous post-election issues yesterday in Colombo.
The main objectives of the press conference were;
To request the political parties to refrain from appointing any members with track records on corruption and other kinds of misconduct, regardless of them winning seats, in new councils as Chairman or vice chairman of councils.

To pressurize political parties not to ignore well established women quota and ensure its full operation without any difficulty.

Steering  Committee Members of March 12 Movement Rohana Hettiarchchi, Manjula Gajanayake, Ariyapala Gamage and programme manager Upekshi Fernando attended this event.
March 12 movement is a voluntary public movement comprising of various government and nongovernment organizations and institutions. The eminent persons who have extended their services beyond the realms of their respective organizational commitments, are also contributing to this movement in their individual capacities. March 12 movement which was initiated with the view to fostering a clean political culture in Sri Lanka, embarked on its mission of social activism with the March 12 declaration that was launched on the 12th of March in the year 2015 with the unanimous agreement of leaders of all the political parties in the country.
Watch three videos from the conference here;