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Cabinet, at a special session today, decided to draft legislation by Friday, to implement electoral reforms as the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

Though it had been proposed to increase the number of MPs to 255, Cabinet finally decided to maintain the number at 225 as at present, as insisted upon by the United National Party (UNP).

Cabinet instructed the Elections Commissioner and the Legal Draftsman to formulate the new legislation and submit it to President Maithripala Sirisena by Friday. Both the officials were present during yesterday's meeting.

The UNP had throughout been opposed to any increase in the number of MPs. Ultimately the entire Cabinet had accepted the UNP proposal.

The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), an Opposition party, had also opposed any increase.

It is now proposed to elect 125 MPs from the constituencies, 75 according to the Proportional Representation System by district, and the remaining 25 from the National List, under the new system. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • sri lankan Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:02 AM

    Good work as a team...No unwanted comments now until this is passed..Please

    Raalahamy Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:05 AM

    So far so good. What is needed now is Less talk and more votes.

    Appuhamy Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:12 AM

    Can we have this introduced as an urgent bill please. We still need a new government in place before September

    Cyril n Tuesday, 09 June 2015 07:26 AM

    Finally a good decision. Let us see how some members behave.

    citizen a Tuesday, 09 June 2015 07:31 AM

    Good move Sir.225 is enough now will see our wonderful parliament members reaction.

    Man Tuesday, 09 June 2015 08:31 AM

    The current preferential system is perfect as in the proposed method, voters have to vote for the party selected candidate, without any choice for them.

    Lima Tuesday, 09 June 2015 10:01 AM

    THIS IS TOTALLY UNETHICAL , REMOVE THE PR AND NATIONAL LIST , THIS IS WHERE THE ROGUES AND THE WHOM WANTED ENTER TO PARLIAMENT AND SHOUT AND OPPOSE AND KILL EACH OTHER , ELECT ALL THRU CONSTITUENCIES

    Vasa Tuesday, 09 June 2015 10:25 AM

    Thank you Mr President and Prime Minister,excellent work.we thank all those who will vote in favor.

    ball Tuesday, 09 June 2015 10:27 AM

    Wasting time for a something that will not be used for the forthcoming election.

    Karigalan Tuesday, 09 June 2015 10:30 AM

    Good to see all these changesPublic: Dear ministers we are watching ulet send only good once in next September to parliament.

    Lazy Persian Cat Tuesday, 09 June 2015 05:17 PM

    By decrease the number of seat from 255 to 225 is no good.........Parliment must give least 10 to 20 percent for minories and no minories parties via DM Android App

    Gah Tuesday, 09 June 2015 06:03 PM

    No increase beyond 225!


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