Minor and minority parties meet today
In the wake of yesterday’s cabinet approval to the latest electoral
reform providing for the election of 237 parliamentarians, minority
parties and minor parties that had already expressed concern over
adequate representation under the new system will meet today at 8 pm for
detailed discussions on the matter, SLMC General Secretary M.T.Hasan Ali
told the Sunday Observer.
The 22 minority and minor parties, including the TNA, SLMC, the Tamil
Progressive Front (TPF) – the three party alliance of the parties of the
Indian origin people - , CWC, JVP and EPDP, will scrutinise the
different aspects of the new proposal in relation to adequate
proportional representation of the minorities, Hasan Ali said.
The appointment of a Delimitation Commission for the delimitation of
new electorates and the introduction of a double ballot system will be
main focus of their discussions, he said. They would insist that the
geographical areas of concentration of the minorities should be
considered for separate electorates during the delimitation process and
on the other hand, the double ballot system would provide an opportunity
for the minorities to elect a candidate of their choice, he said.