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Supreme Court declares Electricity Amendment Bill inconsistent with Constitution: Parliament suffers uproar

June 04, Colombo (LNW): Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena today (04) announced that the Supreme Court has ruled the Electricity Amendment Bill to be inconsistent with the Constitution.

However, the Court suggested that this inconsistency could be rectified through amendments aligning with its proposals.

The Supreme Court’s determination led to a parliamentary standoff, with the Opposition advocating for the debate’s postponement.

Meanwhile, the ruling party pressed for the scheduled debate on Thursday, vowing to incorporate necessary amendments.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa and Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella urged for a delay in the debate and the submission of the Bill to the Sectoral Oversight Committee, citing the need for thorough examination.

Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera assured that amendments would be made in accordance with the Supreme Court’s ruling, advocating for proceeding with the debate as scheduled.

In the midst of discussions, MP Harsha de Silva proposed extending the debate to two days instead of one.

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