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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2428

Bond And PRECIFAC Reports To Be Debated On Feb 06 In Parliament

Colombo, 30 January, (

According to the deputy secretary of Parliament, Speaker Karu jayasuriya has decided to hold the debate on the Bond Commission report and the PRECIFAC report on February 06 from 10.30 a.m.

The decision has been arrived at following a request made by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Speaker Karu Jauasuriya, Deputy Secretary of Parliament said.

During the meeting, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya had proposed the Party Leaders to conduct the debate on February 5 and 6.

Deshapriya had pointed out that the Parliamentary debate if conducted on February 8 would be unfair to the parties not representing Parliament.

The Election Commission has also handed over a letter with their suggestions and concerns to the Party Leaders.

JVP MP Vijitha Herath told that the JVP and the Joint Opposition requested the debate be taken before February 8 to avoid any disturbance to the ‘silence period’ before the elections.

However, the party seniors representing the UNP were adamant that the debate could not be facilitated earlier than February 8.

Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, who took part in the Party Leaders Meeting representing the SLFP, told the journalists at a press conference at the SLFP Headquarters yesterday that the SLFP stand by the position taken by President Maithripala Sirisena that the debate should take place prior to the elections.

He said two days are necessary for the debate as many Parliamentarians are looking forward to take the floor and voice their concerns.

“We hope to conduct this debate without violating the election laws. The President, when he requested to take up the debate prior to the Elections, was taking the people’s side,” he added.

Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala, Ministers Lakshman Kiriella and Mahinda Samarasinghe, MPs Dinesh Gunawardena, Ravi Karunanayake, Vijitha Herath and M.A.Sumanthiran took part in the Party Leaders Meeting. The three Commissioners of the Election Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya, Prof.Ratnajeevan Hoole and President’s Counsel Nalin Abeysekara and Assistant Elections Commissioner M.M.Mohamed also attended the meeting.

Although a party leaders meeting was held this morning to discuss a date for the debate, the meeting ended without a final decision.

At that point, the Speaker said he would discuss the matter with the Prime Minister and decide on a date.

It is learnt that the Prime Minister relented following an inquiry made by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, who came under pressure from the opposition parties to have the debate prior to Feb. 10 polls.

- Asian Tribune -

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