Friday, 24 April 2015 - 13:17
New Electoral System becomes dichotomy
The number of parliament seats proposed under the new electoral system has now come across a dilemma.
It was revealed during the media briefing to inform the Cabinet decisions yesterday that the present number of 225 seats in parliament would be increased up to 238 under the new system.
The Cabinet paper presented by the Present has proposed to increase 4 additional seats to the Jaffna district.
Accordingly, each of the 11 electorates of the Jaffna district would get a seat in parliament. Currently, all 11 electorates of the district are entitled to 4 seats only.
At the same time, the Kandy district which has currently 7 electorates would get one extra seat.
Accordingly the Kandy district seating number would be increased from 6 to 7 thereby each electorate getting its own seat in parliament.
Besides, it has also been proposed to add another 8 multi electorate seats to Kandy district.
However, UPFA General Secretary Susil Premajayantha said that his party electoral amendments have proposed to increase the number of current parliament seats 225 upto 255.
Meanwhile SLFP General Secretary Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said during the SLFP central working committee meeting and the executive committee meeting held last night, that the support was pledged to the President to enable him to present the 20th Amendment Bill to parliament in order to change the current electoral system.