Sri Lanka’s 20A to support minority political parties: Minister


May 12, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s proposed 20 amendment to the constitution is a step in the right direction for the country and does not discriminate minority political parties, a Minister said.

“This first-past-the-post (FPP) system is not unfair towards any minority parties in the country. It has been analyzed since 1977 no short comings have been found,” Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

“For us (JHU), the present system is fine but for the country as a whole, the FPP is better and that is why we intend to support this,”

“The Tamil National Alliance, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna or the Muslim Congress should not be worried too.”

According to the proposed reforms in the amendment, 196 members will be elected on a first-past-the-post system and a district-based proportional representation (PR) system allowing continued parliamentary representation for minor political parties.

The remaining 59 members will be from the National List.

The FPP will also come into play with all electorate level winners entering Parliament. However there will be some multi-member polling divisions returning two or three victors.

The 20th amendment is due to be presented to the Cabinet of Ministers on May 13 and to Parliament on May 19, a recent government statement said.

“What the people wanted more than even the 19 amendment was this electoral system reform, where they get to elect a representative for their own district into parliament,” Ranawaka said.

“So we are asking all these parties to join and make this happen and not let the public down,”

“Since 2002 it was the minority parties that have been trying to stop and delay this process.”