The Cabinet on the proposed electoral reforms will be taken up for discussion by the Ministers at the meeting scheduled for April 22, the first after the April New Year vacation, informed sources said.
The electoral reforms will be evolved for implementation along with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution as an initiative by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP).
Already the SLFP has appointed a committee to work out electoral reforms in consultation with the Elections Department. It is learnt that the Government will opt for a simple delimitation process to be completed within a month. The geographical expanse and the size of voter population of electorates will be considered in delimitating their boundaries under the proposed system.
Accordingly, the boundaries of electorates with more than 100,000 voters each, or less than 50,000 will be delimitated.
Colombo-Central, Kaduwela and Homagama are three of the electorates identified with more than 100,000 voters each.
The electorates with less than 50,000 voters are slated to be amalgamated under the proposed system. Five such electorates have been identified in the Jaffna district alone.
In Colombo, there will be an addition of a few more electorates. Besides, the electorates with a geographical expanse of over 1000 Square Kilometres will be reviewed for delimitation. The Ampara electorate of the Digamadulla distract, the Tissamaharama electorate of the Hambantota district and the Anuradhapura –East electorate are the geographically largest constituencies.
Altogether, there are 160 electorates in the country. It is not intended to alter this number by a big margin under the proposed delimitation process. Besides, a few multi-member constituencies will be set up.
“We will not go for major changes. Also, we will ensure representations for minor and minority parties,” a minister said. (Kelum Bandara)
Seeye, With modern facilities according to a reasonable agreed formula this is a very small job. Do not need years. There are more than 20 cities in the world with a population of more than 20 million equivalent to our total population.
Man Wednesday, 15 April 2015 11:44 AM
The number of voters in each electorate are not similar. So the electorates must be reviewed and adjust for equal distribution. The present system is the best as three candidates can be selected from many. If Laws are enforced properly, it will be fair for all. In addition, canvassing can be banned other than for their party.
Saif Monday, 13 April 2015 11:51 AM
Reduce number of Palimentarians to 150-120 Range. This would reduce Tax on people. When one considers pay of Sajith 375,000 for one minister, how about others. We do not need such a big government , already so many provincial MPs are there too. Most of people are going to be pentioners, then our childern would bear the brunt of Tax. Cost of Living would rise as well as rest of people.
Ranil Wijeyesekera Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:35 PM
This is important. The SLFP want an electoral system favoured by them. So does the government. The minoraties rights must be protected. The commisioner of elections has made some proposels. A multi constitutencies anda double balot system is need4ed.The second ballot will elct members on aqouts basis. Consesions are needed.Let all partoes keep the Election Commisioner briefed and seek his advice. Members collection of funds and bribing of members to switch sides must be prevented as the party must lose his seat if he loses. Party constitutions also must be demeocratic.
Podi Seeya Monday, 13 April 2015 04:19 PM
We have created another world record. We have done an electoral reform in the country within DAYS. Other took years and in some countries over a decade. Yaha Palanaya! Should not we be proud?