Govt to revert to previous voting system
PR system also to be maintained:
The Government has plans to reintroduce the First Past the Post
election system while maintaining the existing Proportional
Representative System (PR).
Urban Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardana told the Sunday
Observer that a new Bill in this regard will be submitted shortly for
He said the Government will conduct the future Provincial Council and
General Elections under the new election system.
“Accordingly, 70 per cent of the candidates will be selected through
the First Past the Post system while the remaining 30 per cent will be
under the PR system.” The Minister said that the main shortcoming of the
current PR system is that no members are elected to Parliament from some
electorates while about two members are elected from one electorate.
“This situation has become a major obstacle for the voters since
their representatives are not appointed in some electorates and as a
result such voters are unable to discuss their requirements or
grievances with parliamentarians, he said.
The Minister also focused attention on reducing some political
parties on the grounds that only a handful of persons is involved in
active politics under such political parties. He said the Government is
expected to formulate a new Act in this regard and to register all
parties which are in active politics and withdraw others.
“Suggestions in this regard will be obtained from the Elections
Commissioner and the Bill will be submitted soon to Parliament.”