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Voting rights for Lankan expats : Election laws to be amended

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

A select committee would be appointed by the Government to amend the election laws and to seek the possibilities for granting voting rights to Sri Lankans living abroad.

At a meeting held between Prime Minister (PM) Mahinda Rajapaksa and Election Commission (EC) officials to discuss the strategic plans of the EC at Temple Trees recently, number of issues were brought up including the control of election expenses, the setting up of polling stations with facilities for the disabled, the e-voting system under special projects, and the amending of election guarantees.

Further, the granting of a separate date for those who are unable to vote on the day of the election, updating the electoral roll every three months to give them the right to vote as soon as they return, and the granting of voting rights to Sri Lankans living abroad have been discussed at the meeting.

At the meeting, PM Rajapaksa has told the election officials that a select committee will be appointed in the future to amend the election laws and grant voting rights to Sri Lankans living abroad.

EC Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has stated that it is essential to amend the election laws in accordance with the strategic plan of the EC for the years 2020 to 2024.