Cabinet approves new electoral system

Cabinet approves new electoral system

Written by Tharushan Fernando

12 Jun, 2015 | 9:11 pm

Cabinet approved the new electoral system comprising of 237 Parliamentary seats on June 12.

Cabinet Media Spokesperson Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne stated that through the new electoral system, the preferential voting system will be completely abolished.

Two primary proposals were put forward for reforms to the new electoral system of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution. The first proposal was that the number of Parliamentary seats be increased to 255. The other proposal was that the number of MP’s remain at 225.

However, at the Cabinet meeting held under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena, a number between these two proposed numbers were agreed upon. Minister Rajitha Senaratne added that the new proposal will increase the number of MPs to 237 and out of this 237, 200 MPs will be elected based on the District Proportional Voting System.

According to the proposal approved by the Cabine, 145 polling divisions have been established and the parliamentarian elected will be decided based on the candidate’s voter percentage from the relevant polling division. Also according to the new proposal, 37 MPs will be appointed to the National List.

Min. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne noted that minor parties, mainly the JVP , the TNA and the SLMC will receive the respective seats and it will only increase and not decrease.

However, the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress raised an objection. He added that despite this, the Cabinet passed it therefore once this is drafted it will be notified via a gazette and thereafter if will be referred to the Supreme Court. He further added that this will be presented as a normal bill and not an emergency bill. Therefore, he said, if there are others with different views they can present facts to the Supreme Court and this will introduce a new parliamentary and provincial election system .

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