Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka has announced that a select committee will recommend amending the electoral rules, including giving Sri Lankans living abroad the right to vote.
This was considered by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at a discussion held with officials of the Elections Commission at Temple Trees on Friday to review the strategic plans of the Elections Commission.
Expressing his views, Mahinda Deshapriya, Chairman of the Election Commission, stated that it is imperative that the electoral laws be amended in accordance with the Strategic Plan of the 2020-2024 Election Commission.
Officials of the Election Commission briefed the Prime Minister on several changes need to be done on the election system including revision of election deposits, granting an earlier date for those who are unable to vote on the day of the election, updating the electoral roll every three months to give the youth the right to vote as soon as they turn 18, granting voting rights to expatriate Sri Lankans, controlling election expenses, establishment of ‘Super Voting Centers’ to facilitate the disabled and e-voting system under special projects.
Secretary of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Attorney-at-Law Sagara Kariyawasam, Additional Secretaries to the Prime Minister Chaminda Kularatne, Ganesh Dharmawardena, Commissioner General of Elections Saman Sri Ratnayake, Secretary to the Commission HMTD Herath, Deputy Commissioner of Elections S. Achchudan, Research and Planning Director Channa P. de Silva, Administrative Secretary of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna and Chairman of the National Housing Development Authority, Renuka Perera were also present at the discussion.