The Parliament Select Committee appointed to consider government business presented to Parliament by public institutions that don’t come under the preview of existing Ministries, have agreed to present the Registration of Electors (Amendment) Bill to Parliament.
The Select Committee convened yesterday under the leadership of Minister Johnston Fernando.
The Committee is chaired by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Under the Registration of Electors Act No.44 of 1980, voters are registered on the first day of June annually at the age of 18 years.
However, young people with birthdays after the said date will have the right to vote at elections to be held after the 31st of May next year.
Therefore, the Amendment is being made to grant the opportunity to those who have attained 18 years.
The Extraordinary Gazette Notification in this regard was issued on the 13th of March this year.
Accordingly, the (Amendment) Bill will be presented in Parliament today.