22 November, 2019

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Double Vote Element Would Strengthen President’s Vision On Electoral Reform: Assembly Of Minor Parties

Assembly of minor parties (AMP) which met yesterday resolved to push for double vote system and claimed that it would strengthen the mandate received by president Maithripala Sirisena at the January 8th elections. Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) leader Mano Ganesan dismissed the school of thought that minority parties are sabotaging the 20A as absurd and misleading. He said they are for the electoral reform and extend fullest support to president Maithripala Sirisena’s reform concept that seeks MPs for every polling division and abolishes preferential vote.

Mano Ganesan

Mano Ganesan

Issuing a statement today the TPA said;”We demand to qualify above concept with the proposal to grant double votes to every voter. The double vote will enable the voters to use one vote to elect his or her candidate of choice in the polling division and use the other vote to select his or her party of choice. The vote to candidate will immediately be calculated to choose the MP of the polling division while the vote to party will be calculated to nationally. The voters are at peace selecting the right and capable person of their choice at their electorate while expressing their loyalty to their party through the party vote. This is an exercise of adding more meaning to the electoral process. Besides, the double vote element added to president Sirisena’s electoral reform package will ensure the existence of the minor parties. The minor parties are very necessary elements in a functioning democracy like Sri Lanka.

“As the double vote is value addition to electoral reforms proposed by the president, we demand the inclusion of this element in already proposed 20A. We have decided to refrain from supporting the 20A in the current format that is minus double vote element.

“It is wrong to consider the double vote concept as the demand of the ethnic minority parties alone. Number of alternative political parties in the national political spectrum have joined the campaign. Many civil society organizations have already pledged support to this concept. Yesterday’s meeting was attended by MP Vijitha Herath of JVP, MP Tissa Vitarana of LSSP, Mr. Ananda Mamaduwa, General Secretary of Democratic Party led by Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka with many other minor and minority party leaders. We together demand the addition of double vote element to 20A.

“Accommodating the concepts of seeking MPs for every polling division, abolishing preferential vote and double vote in one and same set of proposals are not going to be a difficult task. We do not require foreign brains for this. The Srilankan experts and mathematicians who have already drawn up new proposals are capable of developing new proposals satisfying all sectors.

“AMP has also decided to create a campaign movement in collaboration political and civil society organization in coming days.”

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    When a voter selects and votes for a candidate contesting an election, he also automatically selects the party under which that candidate contests/contested.

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    Above al the people must be supreme. A opinion poll in this matter or major Laws is in order.

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    The AMP is right! The opportunity to pilfer the public purse must be made available to all parties contesting. Pilferage rights of the minorities must be protected.

    The AMP must also be made aware that historically, the Major Political parties have never conceded anything to minorities simply because it is the right thing to do. That must be in a different country.

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    Lets assume the voter marks X against the candidate of his choice.Lets also assume he marks Y against the party of his choice.The first vote may not necessarily mean the same second vote for the party.In other words the voter has given contradictory signals of his intention.In Britain there is this FPTP system where there is just one vote for each citizen to express his or her choice of their MP whatever party.We had this system until JR came round and tinkered with the established system since 1947.One vote to choose a candidate of a particular party in a particular electorate is a straight-forward exercise.Who knows someone else may come round and say each voter be given 3 votes- one vote for the individual,one vote for the Party and the other vote for the CASTE!

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    if all these minor parties want the double vote system then the major parties should just accept it and finish this off and get back to the work of governing the country.Otherwise the question of how to govern the country will go on and on without any end in sight in typical south indian all talk and no action style.main thing is the number of MP’s should be reduced to 200 by cancelling the national list.We just can’t afford to have so many MP’s in parliament with all these provincial councils.India wants us to have PC’s but is it funding them?

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    Try not to reinvent the wheel and confuse the voter; we do a good job doing just that.
    Proportional representation with a double vote is a fair system and no system is perfect; and we can copy a democracy which already has this system.
    Another thing I would add is to have more female members in parliament.

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    The President, tho’ not happy that he could not deliver some of the main promises given to the people, in his election manifesto,he should
    not delay the general election any further, as the support for UNP & SLFP(S)is eroding due govt.not able to prove that the former regime in fact ruined the country, though there is enough evidence but govt.is unable to put them together and present it to the people.

    The Govt. should sit and analyse the length of support they had between
    period 09th January to first 100 days rule and the support they have now. He should have the election now with no change to the old system and they have five more years left to discuss the matter and come to a settlement without letting down the minority parties and it becomes easier when a national govt.is in place. Whatever the President wants done for the people through laws & legislations, he should be in a position of strength to do it,instead of the current position where
    no one knows who the govt. and opposition is. He should call up the election sooner so that he will have time to select the genuine & reliable men & women as candidates, as people do not want to see a mass cross over, after the election and make a mockery of democracy,
    and more over there should be a electoral pact or a MOU with UNP so that a third party does not creep in as victor in tightly contested electorates. This is bound to happen if there is no understanding between the two parties and the minority parties will of course be
    the decider as , who should be the PM.

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    Sri Lanka is an ethnic cauldron. It must have a unique electoral system which should unite the peoples, already divided. If every 100000th elector have a representative on a nation wide ballot– say marking X in a 237 numbered paper each party submitting a list–all can get mixture of votes sinhala tamil muslim et al no one can boast that he was elected by 100% sinhala/tamil/muslim votes. They will try to serve without discrimination, never think about ethnic cleansing!

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