Connect with us

News

LG Election System Review Committee wants number of elected members reduced

Published

on

 A committee appointed to review the local Government Election System has pointed out the need to reduce the number of elected local government members.

During the previous administration the parliament unanimously agreed to expand the LG system leading to an increase of members from 4,000 to 8,600.

The expansion caused a massive increase in the expenditure causing a tremendous burden on those bodies.

The following is the text of a statement issued by Parliament yesterday: “A report submitted by the three-member committee, appointed by the Minister of Public Services, Provincial Councils and Local Government to review the Local Government Election system was taken into consideration at the Select Committee of Parliament to Identify Appropriate Reforms of the Election Laws and the Electoral System and to Recommend Necessary Amendments, on Thursday (02).

The summary of the review committee was presented by R.A.A.K. Ranawaka, Secretary to the Ministry of Lands and Land Development in his capacity as the Committee Chair.

Prof. Sudantha Liyanage, Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, a member of the National Delimitation Committee, said that the unusual growth in the number of members in local government bodies should be reduced to a fixed number as decided by the committee.

He said that 70% of the members in the local government bodies should be elected on a divisional basis and the remaining 30% on a proportional basis.

Prof. Sudantha Liyanage stated that the Review Committee recommended that the proportional representation system used for choosing Members of Parliament should be used in calculating the number of members in Local Government Institutions and  also stated that the bonus seat system applied should also be applicable.

One of the weaknesses the Committee observed in the current mixed proportional representation system was the failure to introduce any bonus seats for the winning parties. He added that the review committee hoped that the introduction of bonus seats will reduce the instability in local government bodies.

Members of the Review Committee was also of the view that in order for a political party or independent group to be eligible to represent local gernment bodies, such party or independent group must have 2.5% or more of the valid votes cast in the relevant local government area.

The Committee also pointed out that the manner in which members are to be elected for multi-member constituencies should be changed and the procedure prescribed in Act No. 22 of 2012 should be applied for that purpose. Former Secretary to the Ministry Jayalath Ravi Dissanayake has also been a member of this review committee.

Leader of the House, Minister of Education Dinesh Gunawardena, Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee, said that the will of the people is to maintain local government bodies with a minimum number of seats. However, he pointed out that there must be a member responsible for a particular division.

The Attorney General’s Conclusive remarks regarding the Provincial Council Elections (Amendment) Act No. 17 of 2017 were also tabled at this Parliamentary Select Committee.

Also, the Report on Local Government Elections submitted to the Committee by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was tabled.

Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, G. L. Peiris, Douglas Devananda, M.U. M. Ali Sabry, Members of Parliament Kabir Hashim, Ranjith Madduma Bandara, M.A. Sumanthiran, Mano Ganesan, Madura Vithanage and Sagara Kariyawasam were present at the meeting held last week (02).

The next meeting of the Parliamentary Select Committee is scheduled to be held on Monday (06).



Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest News

Majority of the population lacks trust in elections and the political system – President

Published

on

By

During his address at the ‘2023/2024 National Law Conference’ held at the Grand Hotel Nuwara Eliya, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the majority of the population, including the youth lacked trust  in elections and politics .

The President further emphasized that while the re-establishment of law and order, as well as political and economic stability, is crucial, it does not imply that Sri Lanka has completely overcome the crisis. He emphasized the necessity of making significant commitments in the future to ensure the success of the entire process.

 

Continue Reading

Latest News

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has audience with King and Queen consort of Thailand

Published

on

By

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena called on King Majabijayalgkon and the Queen Consort at the Royal Palace in Bangkok on Friday (02).

The King referred to the long-standing Buddhist ties between the two countries and said that fond memories of his visit to Dalada Maligawa in Kandy 30 years ago when he was the Crown Prince is still in his heart.

Continue Reading

Latest News

Commit to safeguard Buddhism and preserve the invaluable Buddhist heritage – President

Published

on

By

President Ranil Wickremesinghe in his Poson message urged everyone to commit to safeguard Buddhism and preserve the invaluable Buddhist heritage gifted to us by the arrival of Arahat Mahinda Thera in our land.

He said that Poson Poya Day is of the highest significance to Sri Lankan Buddhists as it marks the historic arrival of Arahat Mahinda Thera to our Motherland with the message of the Buddha, paving the way to create a new meaningful identity as well as a cultural renaissance.

 

Continue Reading

Trending