The commitment of all political parties are needed for a quick change over to a mixed electoral system, Leader of the House and Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardene told Parliament yesterday.
He made this observation joining the debate on the Adjournment Motion moved by Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Parliamentarian Sagara Kariyawasam. Minister Gunawardena said that it is the government’s belief that there should be an electoral system under which a majority of Parliamentarians should be elected under first past-the-post system and the rest on proportional representation systems.
He added that they had already implemented a mix electoral system when it comes to local bodies. “It is essential to extend such a system to Parliament,” Minister Gunawardena said.
Minister Gunawardena further said that the present Election Commission has become the focus of criticism for one of its members who had referred certain matters to the judiciary without the consent of other members.
He added that a number of free and fair elections were held in this country even before the Independent Election Commission was set up under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. An Election Commission could always seek the advice of the judiciary.