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Bills to change the election system of Sri Lanka withheld until Sinhala and Tamil versions are presented

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A.A.M.Nizam in Colombo
Changes to Sri Lanka’s election system, introduced arbitrarily by the former President J.R.Jayawardene, without people’s consent, is a much sought out matter since under the present system true people’s representation cannot be established due to the hugeness of the electoral units which tend to many irregularities and favour the persons who can wield either huge expenses or thuggery.

The Government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, as promised to the people through President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s policy statement “Mahinda Chintana” has made arrangements to change the current election system and introduce a new system which would be a hybrid of the old First Past the Post system and a percentage of members elected on preferential votes system

Bills related to this effect have already been drafted and the bills, the Local Authorities Election (Amendment) Bill and the Local Authorities (Special provision) Bill were submitted in Parliament yesterday. However, since the Sinhala and Tamil versions of the Bills were not ready, the Parliament decided yesterday to withhold the adoption of the Bills until the Sinhala and Tamil versions are made available.

Even President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in the function held recently for taking of oaths by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of Local Government Bodies elected as candidate of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (the Alliance representing the Government) that the last Local Government Election will be the last election to be held under the proportional voting system and hereafter there will be no unwanted incidents in the country for getting the Preference Votes.

Academics and many social organizations have welcome the move being taken to amend the election system, saying that it would pave the way for elected members to provide a better service to the area they represent and at the same time the people will have an elected member to whom they could present their problems and requirements.

Under the existing system many areas are without elected members and some areas have a cluster of members.-Asian Tribune


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April 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm

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