Number of Parliamentary seats increased from 225 to 237; 160 electorates reduced to 145; 37 from National list
The Cabinet gave its final approval to the 20th Amendment and new electoral system with 237 MPs in parliament.
Accordingly, the preferential system was completely abolished as the advent of the new one, and the number of parliament seats would increased from 225 to 237.
Under the new electoral system, 200 MPs would be elected through the district proportionate basis while 37 MPs would be picked from the National list.
Out of the 200 MPs, 145 would be elected through the electorate basis while the balance 55 MPs would be appointed through the equal representation basis.
It is significant to note the reduction of the number of electorates from 160 to 145, and the increase of the number of national list MPs from 29 to 37.
Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa further explained about the new electorate system of the 20th Amendment.
He also described the changes to the number of national list MPs, saying that due to the proportional system, the number of seats entitled to a district may increase in certain instances, where the party wins more seats than the required number.
Therefore, the 37 seats appointed from the national list will not be a fixed number, and might be subjected to changes accordingly.
Update: Friday, 12 June 2015 - 19:25 ----------------------------------------------- Cabinet approves new electoral system with 237 parliament seats
The Government Information Department stated today that the Cabinet approved the 20th Amendment and new electoral system with 237 MPs in parliament.
The new proposal was presented to the Cabinet meeting by President Maithreepala Sirisena.
Accordingly, the respective new proposal would be gazatted soon.
The final proposal, which was approved by the Cabinet this morning, includes 237 seats in parliament, and 145 MPs would be elected through the electorate system.