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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2585

Speaker appointed a four member committee, to investigate and report, on the result of vote on Supplementary Estimate

Colombo, 07 May, (Asiantribune.com):

A tense situation prevailed in Sri Lankan Parliament yesterday - this time about the votes count regarding the supplementary vote that took place on Thursday evening (5th May).

Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday told the House that he has appointed a four member committee to investigate and submit a report to the House, into the issue of uncertainty over Thursday’s result of the vote on Supplementary Estimate of Rs 55 million payable for the service of the Financial year 2016.

When the Parliamentary sittings commenced at 10.30 am yesterday and following the presentations of papers and Speaker’s notices, JVP Leader and Chief Opposition Whip Anura Kumara Dissanayake called for an investigation on the suspected discrepancy on the Thursday’s vote in Parliament. He was raising a point of order.

Subsequently, Speaker announced in Parliament that the Committee comprises Opposition Leader R Sampanthan, Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapaksa, former Justice Minister Rauf Hakeem and former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa.

The Speaker announced that the Committee was appointed following the Joint Opposition members and JVP members bringing to the notice of Parliament that there was a dubious situation over the results of the vote on Supplementary Estimate of Rs 55 million payable for the service of the Financial year 2016.

Following the Party Leaders’ meeting, the Speaker announced again that it was decided at the Party Leaders’ meeting that the report of the Committee be submitted before Parliament before the next sitting day.

He added that it was also decided following the report being submitted, the Party Leaders’ meeting again would reach a decision as to what steps be taken thereafter.

- Asian Tribune -

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