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Democratic people’s Front Leader and national executive council member Mano Ganeshan said that current proportional representation (PR) system is the best system that has paved way not only for minority parties but also for the minor parties.

“We agree on the shortcomings of the current system. They have to be rectified. But such rectification should not lead to large blunders in haste,” Ganeshan said in a statement.

“We call upon all those who campaign for the electoral reforms to let the next elections to be held under the current system. Any new system need to address our fears. We need further discussions. Besides the voters need to be given reasonable time to understand the new system. We cannot agree to the private agendas of certain big parties those wanted reform to suit their own ends,” he said.

Full statement

Parties representing Tamil and Muslim people in this country were against the abolition of the executive presidency. This was our original stand. But later we changed our stands to be in the national band wagon with the political parties and civil movements such as that led by Ven. Sobitha those wanted executive presidency abolished. The minorities in this country obtained whatever the rights and arrangements in force today in this country were agreed upon during the tenures of the presidents J.R. Jayawardene, R. Premadasa and Chandrika Bandaranayke Kumaratunga. Despite this fact we stood with national mainstream that wanted executive presidency out.
 
When we understood and agreed to play with the rest, what is happening today is pathetic. We feel betrayed. The majority parties and forces fail to understand the sentiments of the minority parties. The current PR electoral system is the best system that has paved way not only for minority parties but also for the minor parties. We agree on the shortcomings of the current system. They have to be rectified. But such rectification should not lead to large blunders in haste.  
 
We call upon all those who campaign for the electoral reforms to let the next elections to be held under the current system. Any new system need to address our fears. We need further discussions. Besides the voters need to be given reasonable time to understand the new system. We cannot agree to the private agendas of certain big parties those wanted reform to suit their own ends.
 
We will seek legal intervention to stop any unilateral actions on this subject. The minority and minor parties are meeting on Sunday evening in Colombo to formulate our common stand on this all important issue of electoral reform and our plan of action.
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  • Jamalji Sunday, 19 April 2015 02:07 PM

    The present PR will help. smaller parties to enter parliament by collecting votes from hither and thither in the district. This will not help voters. Proposed system was in Sri Lanka. It is in India. Mano is thinking of his victory. Think of poor voters. 20th amendment is more important than 19A.

    Ranil Wijeyesekera Sunday, 19 April 2015 02:34 PM

    We need a peacful Sri Lanka. Minority rights must be protected. Campaign funds must be monotored by Election Commisioner. They must not be bribes. The minority parties and minorities including gender must have a definite qouta for members. Make proposals. Nothing is imposible. We can move quickely. This has being debated for to long a time.

    rajith Monday, 20 April 2015 06:59 AM

    System will satisfy everyone is better than the system only satisfy someone.

    Bala Sunday, 19 April 2015 03:29 PM

    Hope you remember that no system will satisfy everyone. There is no Utopia in the real and actual world.

    cyril n Sunday, 19 April 2015 04:42 PM

    Whatever changes to the electoral reforms, the minorities position should be carefully considered.

    karu Sunday, 19 April 2015 01:21 PM

    Mr.Mano, The present PR system is also from the private agenda of JR. Unfortunately, Sri lanka has not produced any politician,statesman or academic to unite all citizens. Power at any cost

    Faro Sunday, 19 April 2015 01:54 PM

    Mr. Mano pls call Rauff Hakeem &Co. and explain them of this simple truth in a more simple way these fools of SLMC doesnt realize whats good and whats bad for the Minorities via DM Android App


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