REGISTRATION OF ELECTORS
(SPECIAL PROVISIONS) ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1.Short title.

2.Internally displaced persons eligible to be registered.

3.List of claims.

4.Supplementary Register.

5.Offences.

6.Period of operation of the Act.

7.Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

8.Interpretation.

10 of 2017.

AN ACT to make special provisions to exempt internally displaced persons from certain requirements of the Registration of Electors Act, No. 44 of 1980; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 21st July, 2017]

Preamble

WHEREAS certain persons have been internally displaced as a result of any actions of a terrorist militant or other group during the recent past:

AND WHEREAS the State has formulated a policy to enable internally displaced persons and their children eligible to vote to exercise their right to franchise in the electoral district in which their permanent places of residence were situated prior to being internally displaced:

AND WHEREAS it has now become necessary to make special legal provision in order to give effect to such policy:

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Registration of Electors (Special Provisions) Act.

2. Internally displaced person eligible to be registered.

(1) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Registration of Electors Act, and subject to the Article 89 of the Constitution, any citizen of Sri Lanka—

(a)  who is or had been an internally displaced person;

(b)  whose name appeared in the register of electors for any electoral district for any year, until the end of the year 2009; and

(c)   whose name has not been entered in any Register in operation subsequent to the year 2009,

shall on proof of the matters specified in paragraphs (a), (b) and (c) and on production of a certificate issued by the Grama Niladhari of the area in which he is presently residing to the effect that he is or had been an internally displaced person, be entitled to the registering officer of the electoral district within which he was permanently resident prior to May 18, 2009, to be registered in the register of electors of such electoral district.

(2) The application referred to in subsection (1), shall be made on or before the date specified by the Election Commission by notice published in the Gazette and in at least one newspaper each in the Sinhala, Tamil and English languages.

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (1), the entitlement granted under that subsection shall be extended to the children of a citizen referred to in subsection (1)—

(a)  who had not attained the age of eighteen years on the date on which such citizen became an internally displaced person and have attained the age of eighteen years or more on the date on which the revision commenced in respect of the Register in operation, at the time in which the application is made;

(b)  who are born after such citizen became an internally displaced person and have attained the age of eighteen years or more on the date on which the revision commenced in respect of the Register in operation, at the time in which the application is made; and

(c)   whose name has not been entered in any Register in operation subsequent to the year 2009,

on production of the birth certificate of such child sought to be registered and a certificate issued by the Grama Niladhari of the area in which he is presently residing on proof of the matters specified in paragraphs (a) or (b) and (c) above.

3. List of claims.

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