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The Constitutional Assembly was looking at the possibility of increasing the number of MPs in the legislature to 240, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, who was speaking at the Junior National Law Conference in Negombo, said the government was looking at 240-seat Parliament, where 60 percent would be elected under the First Past the Post (FPP) system and the remaining 40percent on a list.

“We are looking at a mixed system similar to one in New Zealand. It is similar to the German system as well. But according to the German system, 50 percent of the MPs are elected under a list and other 50 percent on the First Past the Post system. This will help Opposition parties to get more seats.

“We will stick to 240 MPs. We are looking at introducing an electoral system where 60 percent of the members in Parliament will be elected under the FPP First Past the Post system, while 40 percent on a list,” the Premier said. (Yohan Perera)

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  • Helihopters Monday, 21 November 2016 07:25 AM

    And 240 luxery cars and may be individual helihopters.

    Hiran Monday, 21 November 2016 08:52 AM

    So that you can bring Arjun Mahendran also to the parliament via DM iOS App

    Independent Monday, 21 November 2016 09:02 AM

    People gave vote to not increase the number of MPs... this a utter waste of public money via DM Android App

    Man Monday, 21 November 2016 09:31 AM

    There must be a referendum on the increase of MPs of all types.

    Mahir Sunday, 20 November 2016 03:35 PM

    So, the loser of FPP still has a chance to come to Parliament!

    Irrikithai Sunday, 20 November 2016 05:17 PM

    How many MPs india has? What is it's population? Utter waste of tax payer money.

    gobbaya Sunday, 20 November 2016 07:20 PM

    add more seats pls..240 not enough make it 960 pls via DM Android App

    ANTON Monday, 21 November 2016 07:03 AM

    WHAT ABOUT 240 ELECTRICAL CHAIRS ???


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