Why didn't UPFA govt. reform electoral system? - Ranil

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday asked why the UPFA government had failed to bring in a new electoral system despite enjoying a two-thirds majority.

Speaking during an adjournment debate in Parliament, Mr. Wickrmesinghe charged that the UPFA government failed to bring in any fruitful constitutional reforms.

He said the adjournment debate on the 20th Amendment was moved in Parliament in order to allow all parties to voice their opinion with regard to a new electoral system. “Allowing all parties to voice their opinions is the ideology of President Maithripala Sirisena,” he said.

Mr. Wickremesinghe said that what Cabinet had done was to compile a document pertaining to electoral reforms so that a broad discussion would be possible.

He said the report of the select committee headed by MP Dinesh Gunawardene should also be discussed. He said the best loser system suggested by the Dinesh Gunawardene committee should also be considered

Responding to allegations by the opposition that the UNP was trying to jettison the 20th Amendment, he said it was those who wanted the no confidence motions taken up first who were trying to jettison it. “It will take at least a month for parliament to take up the 20th Amendment for debate if the no confidence motions are taken up first,” he said.(Yohan Perera and Kelum Bandara)
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  • Nims Wednesday, 24 June 2015 09:44 AM

    How can you ask such stupid questions. People voted against UPLF because they failed to do it. So now it is your turn to do it as you promised. If not be prepared for another 2-3 decades in the opposition.

    Ruwan Thursday, 25 June 2015 06:26 AM

    There was no chance of getting commission by changing electoral system!!!!

    Voter Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:21 AM

    How can UPFA govt. think of reforms when Ali Baba and the theives were hell bent on enjoying power for life via DM Android App

    Prem Nath Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:35 AM

    UNP undert JR had a 6/7 majority,they created this mess and RW talks as though he knows nothing of the deeds then.

    Singham Wednesday, 24 June 2015 10:51 AM

    The 18th A was more important for the then Govt. 2/3rd majority was made up of 1/3rd Jokers, 1/3rd criminals and money launderers

    Appuhaamy Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:51 AM

    To be fair, I think RW and his party has realised the mistakes made.

    upali Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:58 AM

    This question does not arise because the manifesto of Maithree clearly indicated to effect electoral reforms with a time frame which led to this pledge due to no action taken by previous UPFA Govt. Therefore it is up to your govt. to do it.


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