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President extends deadline for Electoral Reform Commission

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March 24, Colombo (LNW): President Ranil Wickremesinghe has initiated the extension of the deadline for the nine-member Commission of Inquiry, appointed to draft proposals for electoral reforms, to submit its final report.

The Commission, chaired by former Chief Justice Priyasad Dep, was established by the President in October of the preceding year via a special gazette notification.

Tasked with formulating recommendations to amend electoral laws to align with contemporary societal requirements, uphold principles of good governance, and fortify representative democracy, the Commission aims to rebuild trust and accountability by enhancing the legal framework governing the registration and operations of political parties.

Among its directives, the Commission is mandated to propose measures for augmenting the representation of women and youth, streamlining the electoral timeline from announcement to result declaration, exploring modern voting technologies, and facilitating voting for Sri Lankan expatriates.

Initially instructed to submit its recommendations by April 15, 2024, President Wickremesinghe has taken measures to extend the deadline by an additional two months.

Consequently, the Commission has been granted an extension until June 15 to furnish its final report.

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