Written by Tharushan Fernando
29 Apr, 2015 | 9:16 pm
Minister of Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage,Rauff Hakeem expressed his views in parliament on Tuesday evening during the debate on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
He noted that there is also an effort to introduce electoral reforms and that electoral reforms is an issue which concerns the entire nation.
He went on to add that there many parties that represent the minority with political interest concerning the minority and that these parties must be consulted in the process in introducing electoral reforms. He further added that those people who argue that the stability of a future government must be protected by introducing a system which will ensure that a party which gets past 50 percent of the vote, should have a stable government.
However he went on to add that this alone should not be the criteria and that in his opinion, stability should be by ensuring and accommodating minorities. He further noted that if minority interests and minority political opinions is not accommodated within the chamber of the house that in itself can destabilise the government and the country.
Minister of Resettlement, D.M. Swaminathan stated that the most fundamental issue is that the President of this country, who has been given the powers that has been vested in the 1978 constitution has come forward and democratically told the country, that he doesn’t want these powers and that he wants powers to democratically run this country.
He went on to add that the president is looking to run the country according to a democratic system involving the Prime Minister and the cabinet and the opposition’s efforts to not accept this only questions the same democratic powers that is being asked for.
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