Sri Lanka govt must use two-thirds majority for electoral reform soon: GL

ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) government must make use of its two-thirds majority for long-awaited electoral reform in Sri Lanka soon, a senior minister said.

Noting that there is wide consensus in Sri Lanka for electoral reform, with all political parties in unanimous agreement on the need for change, Minister Prof G L Peiris the time was right to get the ball rolling on the matter.

“I don’t think there’s a single MP in the 225 in parliament that thinks the present system is acceptable. It’s been discussed for 20 years. Not only do we have the political will to do it now, we also have the capacity for it. A two-thirds majority is rare and an opportunity like this may not arise in the near future. So we must make full use of it and change this system,” he told reporters today.

“I have said before that the present electoral system brings out the worst in humans, and there is a symbiotic relationship between it and corruption. I don’t think corruption in this country can be eliminated without changing the electoral system,” he added. (Colombo/Aug24/2020)

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