Sri Lanka president says not backing electoral reforms is a betrayal
COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s political parties that do not back electoral reforms to make campaigning less expensive are betraying the people, President Maithripala Sirisena told a party rally in Colombo.
"Delaying electoral reforms is a betrayal of the people," Sirisena told a party rally in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.
"In the next week or two political parties have to decide whether or not to support the electoral reforms."
Sirisena who was elected as an apolitical common candidate after leaving his Sri Lanka Freedom Party was given the mantle of party chief after the polls.
The then-opposition United National Party, which backed him wants elections as soon as possible and has called for immediate dissolution of the parliament saying the 100 day mandate given by the people has run out.
Each days delay is however is expected to help the SLFP according to political analysts. The UNP has also getting mired in corruption scandals.
Sirisena said the current system of electing members to the parliament where they seek preferences is expensive and leads to corruption and only rich people being elected.
Sirisena said a cabinet meeting later Monday will deal exclusively with the issues of the electoral reforms involving a 20th amendment to the constitution.
The opposition has also handed over a not confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is running a minority government.
Former foreign minister G L Pieris told foreign correspondents in Colombo that the President should first try to form a government with a Prime Minister who commanded the support of a majority before dissolving.