UPFA wants more MPs on FPP

Published : 9:17 am  June 10, 2015 | No comments so far |  | 

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By Kelum Bandara  and Yohan Perera
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), yesterday, urged President Maitripala Sirisena to increase the proportion of MPs who would be elected according to   the First Past the Post System under the proposed  electoral reforms. This request had been made at a UPFA parliamentary group meeting.

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Cabinet decided on Monday at a special session to draft the new legislation on electoral reforms by Friday. According to the decision agreed upon at the meeting, 125 MPs are to be elected from the constituencies according to the First Past the Post System, 75 from the districts according to the Proportional Representation System, and 25 from the National List.

This is basically the proposal that was presented by the United National Party(UNP), the main ally of the government.
However, the UPFA said the quota reserved for the First Past the Post System should be increased.


Based on these two principles, we will work out our amendment to be handed to be the president. There are 160 electorates. We have appointed organisers for them



“We need more than 125 MPs elected from the constituencies, if the government sticks to 225 as the total number of seats,” said UPFA secretary Susil Premajayantha. He said the UPFA was opposed to the preferential voting system.  “Based on these two principles, we will work out our amendment to be handed to be the president. There are 160 electorates.

We have appointed organisers for them. They will be unhappy if the number is not increased,” he said. Democratic Left Front leader Vasudeva Nanayakkara said his party was also  in favour of increasing the number elected from the constituencies. Mr. Nanayakkara said  he had said so at the UPFA group meeting.

 

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