Written by Staff Writer
26 Jan, 2016 | 9:10 pm
News1st is conducting ongoing reportage on local public representatives ahead of the Local Government Elections. These elections, though crucial to the efficient functioning of government, have been pushed back, leading many councillors and Pradeshiya Sabha members to question the proposed changes to the electoral system.
Former chairman of the Gampaha Pradeshiya Sabha Ranjith Gunawardena, while bemoaning the dissolving of local government bodies pointed out that, “the people are not interested about the system of the election. We call on the government to immediately hold the elections and allow the people to elect their representation.”
M.D.A. Hemachandra, the former opposition leader of Badulla Municipal Council said the results of a debate held at the Dambulla Municipal Council on the electoral system resulted in a unanimous vote for the proportional representation system.
Dubbing this view his own as well, he said the results were presented to the president and prime minister
In addition to changes in the electoral system, the process of demarcating electoral districts is also on the agenda. However, W. M. Gunawardena, a former member of the Weligama Pradeshya Sabha said:
The issue surrounding the election system is one that has been created to hide the issues in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United National Party.
“We do not have any issue over the system. What we call for is a just opportunity for the people to elect their representatives,” he said.
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