The United National Party has called for new electoral reforms that will restrict or bar dual citizens or persons affiliated with another state from contesting at general elections in Sri Lanka.
The UNP testifying before the Select Committee of Parliament appointed to Identify Appropriate Reforms of the Election Laws and the Electoral System made the recommendation.
The UNP has also recommended that a general election system should be introduced for Parliament, Provincial Councils and Local Government Institutions and 65 percent of the members should be elected under the divisional system and 35 percent under the proportional representation system.
It has also suggested that the number of members elected to local government bodies should be decreased by reducing the number of divisions.
Whilst stating that 25 percent of the members elected to local government bodies should be women, the UNP has pointed out to the Select Committee the need to ensure the representation of minorities.
Former Minister Sagala Ratnayaka, who testified on behalf of the UNP, further stated that Parliament should be an institution with genuine representation in various electorates in Sri Lanka.
The party pointed out that the composition of the Parliament should reflect the demographics of the eligible voters to vote in the election as practically as possible and accordingly the members of Parliament should be elected by the voters and from the national list.
The UNP also has said that the sources of funding for parties and independent groups at the general election should be revealed.
They also pointed out that the expenses incurred by political parties and candidates at an election should be limited.
Meanwhile, according to the proposal of the UNP, the new electoral system should prevent individuals from changing parties and if a Member of a Public Body does change the party, he or she should automatically be removed from the party list.