PM picks holes in Delimitation Review Committee Report

Says Provincial Councils free to opt out  of Regional Development Boards


by Zacki Jabbar

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that there were shortcomings in the Delimitation Review Report prepared by the Committee headed by Asoka Peiris.

Asked why the UNP member of the Delimitation Review Committee had not signed the Report, when those representing the UPFA, TNA and JVP had endorsed it, the PM said that Asoka Peiris had told him that there were defects in the report.

The Premier was addressing the media at Temple Trees.

"Asoka outlined the shortcomings to me," the PM noted, adding that it had been agreed for the report to be released only after the party leaders who were scheduled to meet on Jan. 9 had approved it.

The Asoka Peiris Committee was appointed by the current government to review the Jayalath Dissanayake Delimitation Committee report on the redemarcation of electoral boundaries.

Commenting on eight of the nine Provincial Councils opposing the proposed Development Special Provisions Bill, Wickremesinghe said that he had explained to the Chief Ministers concerned that the Bill was not meant to usurp any of their powers.

Those Provincial Councils that wanted to participate in the proposed Regional Development Boards could do so, he added. "We will go ahead and develop the country. That is what the people want."

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