The People’s United Front speaking before the Parliament Select Committee appointed to identify appropriate reforms of election laws and the electoral system says a mixed electoral system with single and proportional representation is required.
State Minister and the Assistant Secretary of the party Sisira Jayakody said the number of seats in Parliament should be 225 as at present, of which 140 should be elected on a divisional basis, 70 on a district basis and the remaining 15 from the national list.
The State Minister added the new amendments should take into account the current Presidential Election system, with the whole country considered as one constituency or the electing of a President by the vote of Members of Parliament.
The Front also said the possibility of holding by-elections according to the requirement should be explored.
Deputy Secretary of the People’s United Front MP Yadamini Gunawardena said the time and date of elections should be determined by law without the influence of the political authorities.
He said legal provisions should be put in place to prevent advertising via state and private print media, electronic media and social media that could harm the equality of candidates.
The Eelam People’s Democratic Party meanwhile said security of all communities should be ensured in the new electoral reforms.
The EPDP said 65 percent of the members should be under the single member system and 35 percent under the proportional system.