Several parties reach an agreement on preferential voting system

Several parties reach an agreement on preferential voting system

Several parties reach an agreement on preferential voting system

Written by Staff Writer

15 Jun, 2015 | 7:26 pm

During a round of discussions held on on Sunday, June 15 several minor parties came into an agreement that the preferential system must be changed.

A number of political parties including the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, Lanka Sama Samaja Party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Democratic Party, Nawa Sihala Urumaya, Democratic Peoples’ Front and the Eelam People’s Democratic Party were in attendance for the discussion held in Colombo.

Propaganda Secretary of the JVP, Vijitha Herath stated that all the political parties had agreed to abolish the current preferential system, and to create a new electoral system containing the positive signs of the current proportional system which will will also create a parliamentarian who is responsible for a division.

He went on to note that they also discussed on the matter of holding the upcoming election while safeguarding the right of granting dual ballot papers, where a voter can caste their franchise for their preferred political party as well as their candidate and in a manner where the voting rights of communities are safeguarded.

General Secretary of the Democratic Party, Ananda Manawadu stated the minority parties came to an agreement that the dual ballot papers must be issued but however the matter of how many seats was not spoken yet.

He went on to note that their opinion is that whatever that happens must happen in a way that no division will be inconvenienced or treated unfairly.

Secretary of the Nawa Sama Samaja Party, Prof. Tissa Vitharana stated that the current system must be changed therefore the best way to create a system where representatives for every division can be elected through an electoral system of issuing dual ballot papers.

Leader of the Democratic People’s Front, Mano Ganesan stated that no harmful effects should be caused on the minority as well as the minority parties when introducing a new system which is the proposal that has been put forward to abolish the preferential voting system, where public representatives responsible for each electorate can be selected.

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