Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Leader Dinesh Gunawardane said yesterday that no agreement had been reached among the constituent parties of the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) on the proposed electoral reforms though it had been claimed otherwise in various quarters.
Mr. Gunawardane told the Daily Mirror his party was opposed to the increase in the number of parliamentary seats to 255. Likewise, he said the three leftist parties- the Democratic Left Alliance, Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) and the Communist Party had associated themselves with the MEP in certain aspects on the electoral reforms.
"There is no agreement among all the parties. It has not been discussed who has the authority to appoint members on the National List. Is it the party leader concerned who should nominate members to the National List slots?" he asked.
Mr. Gunawardane also said he spearheaded the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms, but his recommendations had been disregarded in the evolution of the present set of proposals for a change in the parliamentary election system.
"We, in the Select Committee, entertained public views for the evolution of our reforms. It is a parliamentary body. What is the use of a Parliamentary Select Committee if its proposals are disregarded?," he asked.
Mr. Gunawardane charged that the present set of proposals, available for discussion, had emerged out of the blues from the President's Office.
"We are answerable to the general public. We stick to the Select Committee proposals," he said.( Kelum Bandara )
Comments - 20
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:02 PM
Empty talk from those who cannot even win a seat at the next elections. This son of Boralugoda Sinhaya has put his father into shame by going after the most corrupt ex-leader.
mountain Sunday, 31 May 2015 09:40 AM
Your final term running. via DM Android App
rew Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:25 PM
jelly back talk by D.G
neilpriyath Saturday, 30 May 2015 09:51 AM
Dried puhul talk.
Sinhaya Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:01 AM
A spent force. Irrelevant. Obsolete and corroded beyond salvage. via DM Android App
TONY Saturday, 30 May 2015 05:42 PM
ELECTORAL REFORMS BILL SHOULD NOT BE RUSHED. ALSO DO NOT INCREASE THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS AS IT WOULD MEAN MORE CORRUPTION. WE ARE FED UP WITH THE PARLIAMENT BECAUSE THE MEMBERS ARE HUNGRY FOR POWER AND HUNGRY FOR MONEY
Lima Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:37 AM
THIS IS MR STOOGE , HE SAYS PUBLIC OPINION INCLUDED IN THE PROPOSAL , WHO ASKED PUBLIC OPINION, NOBODY ASKS , THEY PUT THEIR OWN , IF PUBLIC OPINION ASKED THEN THEY SHOULD COME OUT ON MEDIA OR INTERVIEW PEOPLE ON ROAD SIDE AND HOUSES TO GET PUBLIC OPINION. FROM WHERE HE CAME , HE CANNOT CONTEST A SINGLE SEAT TO WIN
Premalal Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:56 AM
His only purpose is to bring back the despot. These already dried pumpkins and the fast drying pumpkins are the curse of this nation.
tissa Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:07 AM
all the political parties are and..not used to the country. all those parties Sevied be cause of ma.when MR gone what is the use of people like you.your father was 1000 times better that you all. via DM Android App
Arjuna Ranawana Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:06 AM
Hon. MP. Even your draft proposals. Wait a few dates. You will lost your MP ship and all privileges. We are also thing reform all MPs by next election
ruwan Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:35 AM
Pls dont complicate matters this president has full mandate from the people of this country from South to North East to West . your term is over uncle dinesh via DM Android App
DJ Monday, 01 June 2015 09:43 AM
Finally DG talking some sense, do that in parliament too
lee Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:46 AM
As long as you are there no agreement will be reached.
Sarojini Rajapakse Saturday, 30 May 2015 12:03 PM
Neil Priyantha, Sinhaya
Mithra Saturday, 30 May 2015 12:33 PM
It is high time for UNP to start a huge campaign island wide to make people aware of these saboteurs and corrupted obsolete parasites and to crush them for good in the coming election. This MR supporting gang should not enter the parliament anymore.
Chathura Saturday, 30 May 2015 01:47 PM
If your party contest as a single party,you can,t get more than 15 votes from the whole country. But you pretends as your party is a leading one in this country.You are a shame for your father,And also don,t know what honesty is
Madlin Saturday, 30 May 2015 02:17 PM
If your not agreeable contest on your own and see the acceptability of you. Please dont try to your 2 cents worth talk just leave this beautiful country alone. via DM Android App
Sharon Saturday, 30 May 2015 02:51 PM
We are with you Sir. All the best. We badly need MR via DM Android App
Mubarak Sunday, 31 May 2015 12:34 AM
Always National lists have been misused. Is it for party member or fund provider?
Kumara Saturday, 30 May 2015 03:01 PM
He issues talks as if he is a big leader in with a significant vote basis.But he has got a bicycle party
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