The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) elections would be held in September confirmed Cabinet spokesperson and Minister for Petroleum Industries Anura Priyadharshana Yapa addressing the weekly Cabinet news briefing at the Information Department.
“I can assure you that the government has not taken a decision to make any changes to the existing legislative procedure in respect of Provincial Councils. President Rajapaksa has clearly stated that the elections to the Northern PC would be held in September and therefore the status quo remains”
The government had no intention whatsoever to postpone the Northern PC polls, repeal the 13th Amendment or introduce amendments to the Constitution to remove police and land powers to the provinces he said.
Commenting on the move by the JHU to present a private member’s bill in Parliament to repeal the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, Minister Yapa said private members had presented bills in the legislature since the time of the Stat Council. The government did not want to repeal the 13th Amendment and the private member’s bills were private matters of the respective political parties or members, but not of the government.
Responding to Champika Ranawaka’s call to abolish the 13th Amendment, Yapa said any constitutional changes would only be through a Parliamentary Select Committee.