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MCSL wants more Muslim MPs through national list

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The Muslim Council of Sri Lanka (MCSL) has written to President Mahinda Rajapaksa and UNF leader Ranil Wikremesinghe requesting them to appoint a Muslim MP each through the national list citing the fact that the total number of Muslim parliamentarians who have come in through the UPFA and the UNF has significantly dropped in this time’s election.

The MCSL while noting that Muslim representation from the East and the North, including from the UPFA and the UNF, is significant though in a wider context of a significant decrease in the number of Muslim M.Ps in parliament, has pointed out that there is no Muslim representation in some areas from the two main parties.

In the letter sent to the President the organisation has cited that the Muslim representation through the UPFA has dropped this time particularly in the South while Muslims have been able to secure seats through the ruling party in the Colombo District and possibly one seat in the Kandy District.

“Despite the significantly large Muslim populations in the Southern, Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces a Muslim has not been elected from these areas. In order to address this vacuum and in order to ensure that the concerns and needs of the Muslim population in these areas are addressed we request that the UPFA appoint a national list MP from one of these areas”, the letter said.

The UNF leader also has been pointed out that there is a clear gap especially in the Western Province in the Muslim representation through the UNF. “After many decades not a single Muslim MP was elected to either the Colombo District or Kalutara District from the UNP list” the organisation has stated.

In the two letters the MCSL has said that the Muslim Community has a long and active history in the SLFP and the UNF and it felt that the two main parties had a responsibility to ensure adequate representation of Muslim community.

The purpose of the national list is to ensure under-represented groups and communities can be represented in parliament, the letters said and added that the MCSL hopes that the present UPFA and the UNF leadership will use the National List to appoint professionals and members from under-represented groups including Muslims, Tamils, Up-Country Tamils and Women who are capable of serving the country.


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April 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm

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