Preferential voting system allows those with money to come to Parliament very easily: President Sirisena

Preferential voting system allows those with money to come to Parliament very easily: President Sirisena

Preferential voting system allows those with money to come to Parliament very easily: President Sirisena

Written by Staff Writer

08 Jun, 2015 | 9:04 pm

The current electoral system is only suitable for the multi millionaires who have a lot of wealth.

Addressing a rally held in Colombo, President Maithripala Sirisena has stated that the only matter that will be taken up at the special cabinet meeting on Monday, June 06 evening, is the 20th Amendment to the constitution.

This rally organised under the theme, Let’s abolish the preferential voting system – Pass the 20th Amendment, was held at the Vihara Mada Devi Park in Colombo. MPs of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and a large number of supporters were present at the occasion.

President Sirisena stated the preferential voting system enables those have money to come into parliament very easily, whereas he himself didn’t spend even Rs.100,000   to become victorious in 1989. If there is any person who is trying to pull this back or create any violence regarding it, those people will be identified as those engaged in  a total betrayal of the people.

He went on to note that the SLFP decided to convene the rally under the theme of Adopt the 20th Amendment was because it must be made clear to the people on who wants to adopt the 20th Amendment and identify who is against it.

He stated that in addition to this it is visible that in certain areas efforts are taken to pull this back. Just as the SLFP has come onto the stage before the people and stated that the 20th Amendment will be adopted.

Therefore, all political parties represented in parliament, must come before the people and say within the next week or two, whether they are for or against the 20th Amendment, and whether they will adopt it.

Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne stated that if this wasteful electoral system continues for another ten years, the entire parliament will comprise of businessmen.

He went on to note that since the 20th Amendment has come and they are toying around with it as some wave green flags and say that they support this, but what they actually do is ‘trip it up.’

He added that another group waves red flags, since they are in favour of abolishing the Executive Presidency, but that was because it was the curtailing of someone else’s powers and not theirs.

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