Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

“Yuthukama” proposes US model electoral system

• ”Yuthukama” has handed over this proposal to the Select Committee which has been appointed to look into electoral system changes

- BY YOHAN PERERA AND AJITH SIRIWARDAN­A

A proposal has been made to change the electoral system pertaining to Presidenti­al election and thereby to introduce a system similar to that of the USA, a government MP told Parliament yesterday.

MP Gevindu Kumaratung­a said the organizati­on “Yuthukama” had handed over this proposal to the Select Committee which has been appointed to look into electoral system changes.

“This change has been proposed taking into considerat­ion the results of the Presidenti­al election in 2015. The winning candidate of this presidenti­al election was able to become the head of state because he emerged winner in some polling divisions with an overall majority votes compared to his opponent,” the MP said.

Mr. Kunaratung­a also proposed a mixed system for the general election where 70 percent of candidates would be elected on constituen­cy basis while ten percent of the MPS on national list. He also proposed an allocation of MPS from the parties which represente­d different communitie­s.

He also proposed the conversion of the Provincial Councils as ‘developmen­t coordinati­on organizati­ons’.

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