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Amid uncertainty over the changes in the electoral system which are to comprise the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the United National Party (UNP), the dominant party in the government, announced its stand yesterday, saying it was opposed to increasing number of parliamentary seats from the present 225.

Earlier, President Maitripala Sirisena , in a Cabinet paper, had proposed to increase the number of seats to 255. To these, he proposed that 160 MPs be elected from single member constituencies and five from multi-member constituencies according to the first-past-the-post system; another 31 according to the proportional representation system (by district), and 59 from the National List.

Leader of the House and Plantations Minister Lakshman Kiriella told Daily Mirror yesterday that his party wanted a combination of the first-past-the-post system and the proportional representation system, but did not want the number of seats increased.

"We are for the election of 125 members from the constituencies and the rest according to the proportional representation system. We cannot agree to increasing the number of seats. Public opinion is against it. If we increase the number, it will be a burden on the people. There are 400 provincial council members serving as people's representatives in addition to the MPs," he said.

Mr. Kiriella said there were only 550 MPs in India which had a population of 1,300 million.

"We have only 20 million. So why do we need more MPs?" he asked.
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  • nawshad Monday, 01 June 2015 06:43 PM

    100 members from the constituencies and the rest according to the proportional representation system is good.

    Amila Monday, 01 June 2015 09:01 AM

    Public stick to less than 200.

    MilkyWay Monday, 01 June 2015 09:05 AM

    Go back to the 60s with 157 MPs. There was 6 appoint for the minorities. There Mr. Singleton-Salmon representing the British. The Golden era of Sri Lanka.

    DJ Monday, 01 June 2015 09:34 AM

    Country does not get bigger only the population, 225 members are enough for the next century as well to run the country. We do not want too many cooks spoiling the soup theory anymore

    anura Monday, 01 June 2015 09:55 AM

    Cat out from the bag!

    JJ Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:28 AM

    Should be less than 200. Only those who wish to serve the public should be in the parliament, and less than 200 is more than enough to govern and serve Sri Lanka given the other councils that are already prevalent.


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