COLOMBO (NewsRadio); Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has also highlighted the importance of a new electoral system for the country.
Addressing an event in Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said before 1978, every ward in the country was represented by a public representative, be it at local government level or in Parliament.
The Archbishop of Colombo noted that such public representatives were compelled to work for their respective constituencies in order for them to get elected at the next election.
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the post-1978 electoral system has been a disaster for the country which has contributed to rampant corruption.
The Cardinal is of the views that since contestants at Parliamentary elections require votes from the entire district; they are forced to work with business people to fund their campaigns.
He noted that politicians will better serve the people, if they are elected for specific wards.
Meanwhile, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith also accused the politicians of selling the nation to world powers and making Sri Lanka a poverty-stricken country.