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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 - 13:01
Update: It should be discussed with the faction that defeated Mahinda – JVP
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The SLFP states that it would present the 20th Amendment Draft Bill with regard to the change of the electoral system on the same day; the 19th Amendment Bill is taken for debate in parliament.

Our news team contacted several political parties to comment on this matter.

Rural Economic Affairs Minister S.B. Dissanayake said his party would present the 20th Constitutional Amendment Bill to increase the number of parliament seats up to 250.

However, the UNP stated that there are several practical problems with regard to the 20th Amendment Bill.

Meanwhile JVP General Secretary Tylvin Silva stated that a discussion should be held with all factions which contributed to defeat former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

JVP General Secretary Tylvin Silva said that the National Executive Council is the ideal representation to discuss this matter with.

At the same time, MEP leader Dinesh Gunawardana said his party would further discuss the matter with a group of SLFP representatives during a meeting with them tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Jaffna District TNA MP E. Saravanabhavan said that the SLFP should take the prevailing situation in the North before they prepare the 20th Amendment Bill.

However, SLMC National Organizer Shafeek Rajabdeen told our news team that his party would take a decision with regard to the 20th Amendment Bill after its Supreme Council meets on April 18th.



Update : Wednesday, 15 April 2015 - 18:30
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SLFP to preset 20th constitutional amendment which proposes 250 parliamentary seats

Rural Economic Affairs Minister S.B .Dissanayake says that SLFP would present the 20th Constitutional Amendment which proposes to increase the number of parliament seats to 250.

He told our news team that the SLFP has agreed to present the 20th Amendment Bill while the 19th Amendment Bill is taken for debate in parliament.

The SLFP already agreed to introduce, 165 seats under the first past the post system, 60 seats under the preferential vote system, and 25 seats under the national list.

The SLFP parliament group which met last week decided to pass the 19th Amendment, to decrease the powers of Executive Presidency and to pass the 20th Amendment to changing the current electoral system.
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