Sri Lanka to fine-tune electoral reforms further

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – A committee made up of the President, Prime Minister and minority parties would study the latest version of the electoral reforms submitted to cabinet and come up with new proposals next week, Minister Rajitha Senaratne said.

Senaratne said parliament would be dissolved after the reforms are enacted amid growing speculation of an early dissolution of parliament next week.

Senaratne said the latest proposals that were studied at yesterday’s cabinet meeting had suggested the increase the number of legislators to 255 from 225 and there would also be greater female representation.

There had been rising criticism over the attempt to increase the number of legislators who are already given many privileges and tax concessions in the style of an ancient aristocracy.

Senaratne said elected ruling class was increased not on the request of any party but to accommodate minority parties.

There were proposals to reduce the cut-off vote level of votes to 1.0 or 1.5 percent from the current 5.0 percent.

The list of appointed members will be made at a national and district levels, Senaratne said.

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