Government sources said the electoral reforms are part of the draft bill of the 19th amendment that was passed by the cabinet last evening and would be presented before the parliament promptly to be passed. However, the upcoming polls are to be held under the old system.
Upon passing the 19th amendment, the general elections will be announced after April 23. However, the upcoming poll is to be held under the old system and will be the final election held under the old system due to the time restrictions that does not allow the system changes to be implemented practically.
Meanwhile a discussion is scheduled to take place tomorrow between the Elections Commissioner and political party leaders over the proposed electoral reforms.
The new electoral system that is to be implemented is to be a mix of the first-past-the post system and the proportional representation. Two proposals have been made out of which one calls for having 140 MPs under the electoral system, 60 MPs under the proportional system and 15 from the national list while the other system proposes for 125 MPs with 75 MPs under the proportional system and 25 MPs under the national list.