Friday, 12 June 2015 - 19:55
SLMC objects the new electoral system; TNA not satisfied; Thondaman ready for discussion
The minority parties as well as civil society organizations bear different views over the decision to increase parliament seats up to 237 under the new electoral system of the 20th Amendment.
Speaking to our news team, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said that his party’s stand would be announced after the 20th Amendment is gazetted.
He added that the opinion regarding the electoral system continues to change, which results in the inability to reach a final stance regarding the matter.
He also stated that the party will voice its stance, once the government finalize the electoral system and issue a gazette notification.
The Tamil Progressive Alliance comprised of Democratic People’s Front, Workers National Front and Upcountry People’s Front, Mano Ganesan said that it is a victory of minority parties.
He also stated that the number of seats selected from the national list has been increased by 12, while the 125 seats have been increased by 20.
However, SLMC stated that it cannot agree with the proposal which has been approved by the Cabinet.
SLMC General Secretary and State Minister Hassan Ali told our news team that minority parties are not satisfied with the decision.
He also stated that 18 minority parties held discussions and decided to use 2 ballot papers instead of one.
However, the cabinet did not accept their proposal when they presented it today.
Therefore, he added that they do not agree with the government’s decision and that the 18 parties will hold talks tomorrow regarding the future measures.
Meanwhile, TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said the government should make a clear statement, the criterion of the allocation of the increased number of seats.
At the same time, Ceylon Workers Congress Leader Muththu Sivalingam said the number of seats under electorate system should be 165.
He added that the new electoral system would be favourable to the top 2 political parties and that further discussions will be held regarding the matter.