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LG polls could be postponed if Election Expenditure Bill is passed!

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Executive Director of the People’s Action for Free & Fair Elections (PAFFREL) – Rohana Hettiarachchi says that if the Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill is passed tomorrow (19), if it is applied for the upcoming LG polls, there is a possibility of the election being postponed.

Speaking to ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’, he said that there is no specific time period mentioned to apply the Bill.

The Committee on Parliamentary Business decided to take into debate the Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill tomorrow (19).

The Secretary General of Parliament Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake stated that the Committee on Parliamentary Business held today (18), which was chaired by the Speaker Hon. Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana decided to take into debate the Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill tomorrow.

Accordingly, the Secretary General said that the debate will be held tomorrow from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm.

It was decided to take the final decision regarding the stated today, at the previous Committee on Parliamentary Business held.

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Victoria Nuland to visit Sri Lanka next week

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The United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will undertake an official visit to Sri Lanka, next week.

During her visit to Sri Lanka, Under Secretary Nuland will mark the 75th anniversary of U.S.-Sri Lanka relations which coincides with Sri Lanka’s 75th anniversary of Independence.

The American Embassy in Sri Lanka says this in a statement.

Full statement is below.

U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland Travels to Colombo for Bilateral U.S.-Sri Lanka Talks

United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland arrived in Colombo with an interagency delegation for meetings with the Government of Sri Lanka, as well as business and civil society leaders.  Other senior members of the interagency delegation include Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Amanda Dory.

Under Secretary Nuland and Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris will co-chair the 4th U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue which will address strengthening democratic institutions, human rights, sustainable economic development, mitigating climate change, deepening trade and investment ties, regional security, and educational cooperation.

Under Secretary Nuland, Ambassador Chung, and the U.S. delegation will meet with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to discuss the challenges posed by the global pandemic and ways to strengthen the U.S.-Sri Lankan partnership.

Under Secretary Nuland and the U.S. delegation will also meet with representatives of civil society and the

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Public urged to inform of unauthorized power outages

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General Public and electricity consumers requested to inform the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) in writing of any unauthorized power outages imposed by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

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Speaker endorses certificate on 2 Bills

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Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena endorsed the certificate recently (24) on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Bill and the Bureau of Rehabilitation Bill which were debated and passed in Parliament recently.

Accordingly, these bills come into force as the Bureau of Rehabilitation Act No. 2 of 2023 and the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act No. 3 of 2023.

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