NP says they would disagree to 237 parliamentary seats
UNP says that they would not agree to the new electoral amendment comprising 237 parliamentary seats which received the final approval of the cabinet.
Expressing his views during a media briefing held in Kandy today, the party’s General Secretary Minister Kabeer Hashim stated that his party’s stance is not to increase the parliamentary seats more than 225.
However, he added that his party does not oppose the new electoral system which would be formed under a mixed electoral system.
The cabinet gave its approval to the 20th amendment which includes the new electoral system yesterday.
Accordingly, the preferential voting system would be completely annulled, while the number of parliamentary seats would be increased from 225 to 237.
200 MPs will be selected through the District Proportional system while the rest of 37 MPs will be appointed from the National List.
The remaining 55 MPs will be selected according to the Proportional Representative system to parliament.
Previously Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe presented an electoral system amendment to the cabinet proposing 225 parliamentary seats
He added that his party believes that people gave their mandate to the UNP to change the electoral system, but not to increase the parliamentary seats.
The Minister further stated that they are currently holding discussions regarding this matter, and if a majority of parties reach an agreement, they too would agree to it.
The Leader of the House Minister Lakshman Kiriella also joined the same media briefing, and stated that the there is an ulterior motive to present a no-confidence motion under the guise of the 20th amendment.