By Niranjala Ariyawansha
Leader of the Democratic People’s Front, former Parliamentarian Mano Ganeshan, said that they expect President Maithripala Sirisena to provide them with a private pledge tomorrow, Monday, that determining new provincial and other boundary limitations by the Elections Delimitations Commission will be carried out in a reasonable manner.
He said they have had serious doubts due to the way in which the Delimitation Commission has acted so far.
He added that if the government intends submitting to parliament the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which includes electoral reforms, on Wednesday 3 June, the President’s pledge on this issue should be received prior to that.
He said that in the circumstances, they intend meeting the President tomorrow, Monday, to discuss the issue with him.
Explaining developments to Ceylon Today, Ganeshan said “We state very clearly that the manner in which the Delimitation Commission has acted up to now is far from being equitable. As an example, certain Pradeshiya Sabhas in the North and East which have 10,000 people under them have been allocated one representative each. However, in the district of Nuwara Eliya, there are two hundred thousand people within the Nuwara Eliya and Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabha areas, each, but they are only allocated two members for both areas”
Ganeshan said it had been repeatedly demanded that these two Pradeshiya Sabhas in Nuwara Eliya and Ambagamuwa be divided up into smaller councils, but the Elections Delimitation Commission had not taken their proposal into consideration.
He emphasized the fact that if that had been done, smaller parties would have had more representation opportunities.
He said that it was problematic that the Delimitation Commission is not carrying-out determination of limits in all districts of the country based on any reckonings of equitability.