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The government expects the support of “an overwhelming majority of political parties in parliament” to pass the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill on January 17, Chief Government Whip and Minister of Water Supply and Drainage Dinesh Gunawardena said today.
 
The Bill will be the first concrete move by the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government to introduce a hybrid electoral system featuring elements of both the First-Past-the-Post system and Proportional Representation (PR).
 
“There has been a call from the general public right throughout the country for a better system and the President has given his fullest blessings to implement the new system which will strengthen democratic governance in Sri Lanka,” Minister Gunawardena told the Daily Mirror.
 
The urgent need for electoral reforms was stressed by several parliamentarians following the Election Day shoot-out in Kolonnawa last October which resulted in the death of former MP Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. (Ayesha Zuhair)

  Comments - 5

  • And I Am Moses Thursday, 05 January 2012 07:37 AM

    Oh please... first declare your assets and then we will consider beveling you.

    pasha Thursday, 05 January 2012 07:35 AM

    will this system allow a person to contest in one party and later end up in another party after winning?

    Modaya Thursday, 05 January 2012 08:21 AM

    We hope the preferential voting system will be abolished in all Elections in Sri Lanka, not only in the Local Government Elections.

    Nodrog Thursday, 05 January 2012 01:06 PM

    unfortunately the 'will of the people' switch sides after getting elected

    ampare son Thursday, 05 January 2012 02:11 PM

    we want to see educate people in to politics.in the future avoid to kolonnawa , thangalla situation.


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