Results of the polls conducted for the Youth Parliament are released. The Chief Returning Officer of the polls was Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills S.S. Hewapathirana.
Mr. Hewapathirana said that Elections were held under the supervision of the Divisional Secretaries and the guidance of the Youth Services Officers. It should be mentioned that youths of all communities took part in voting. Elections were held in 332 Divisional Secretariat Divisions, and no polls were conducted at the Puthukudiyiruppu Division. He said that 1395 candidates were in the fray. 160 members have been elected to the government group and the opposition also has 160 members. The 13 members elected to the Cabinet will join the Government Group. Therefore the Government group will have 173 members. He revealed that 29 females have been elected. This will be the composition of the Youth Parliament.
The results of the election were released at a media briefing held at the Youth and Skills Development Ministry. A Youth Prime Minister, Speaker, Cabinet and Youth Parliamentarians will be selected. The maiden sessions of the Youth Parliament are scheduled to be held under the patronage of the President on the 12th of January. It will be held at the National Youth Centre in Maharagama. Chairman and Director General of the National Youth Services Council Lalith Piyum Perera also expressed his views at the media conference.