Committee to effect electoral reforms in favour of old 'first past
the post system'
The Government recommending the First Past the Post System to the
electoral system has appointed a committee under Urban and Sacred Area
Development Minister Dinesh Gunawardana to effect electoral reforms in
favour of the old first past the post system.
Export Development and Internal Trade Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris told
the media yesterday Minister Dinesh Gunawardana will chair a committee
that would bring changes to the existing PR system.
"The reforms were approved by all political parties and the public
too are aware of the need for changes in the present electoral system,"
Minister Peiris noted that the present voting system had many flaws
and brought the worst in human nature within the political parties
themselves. "It was found that the preferential vote system has many
negative aspects that impact negatively on the public as well as
political parties themselves. There is no direct link between the public
and elected member of the party. Thus, the system should be changed for
the favour of the public," he said.
Initially a balance between both the First Past the Post system and
the Preferential voting system should be implemented at the Pradeshiya
Sabha and Urban Council elections.
"During the Pradeshiya Sabha and Urban Council elections the new
electoral system balancing 70 per cent of the First Past the Post and 30
per cent of the Preferential voting systems will be implemented,"
Minister Peiris said.
He observed that to implement the new electoral system in the Local
Government and the Parliament, a two thirds majority should be obtained
in Parliament. "The committee is making progress to recommend the new
voting system," he added.