The Liberal Party of Sri Lanka has called upon the government to implement certain proposals made at the Parliamentary Select Committee on the National Question, including the reduction of the size of the Cabinet and changing the electoral process, without further delay.
These sentiments were expressed by the General Secretary of the Liberal Party Kamal Nissanka in a media statement that commended the proposals made by MP Vasantha Senanayake to the PSC on the National Question.
“There is a need to develop stronger traditions of both legislative and executive responsibility and it will be served by such changes. Moreover, it will immeasurably strengthen any Executive President who desires to govern efficiently and effectively,” the Liberal Party statement reads.
While endorsing the proposals made by MP Senanayake based on his consultations with the youth and discussions with the diaspora through the Young Political Leaders Form (YPLF), Nissanka in the statement has noted that it is time to consolidate the idea to promote consensus.
They have requested all political parties to study the proposals and provide feedback on them to MP Senanayake so that they can can be fine tuned if necessary so that an agreement can be reached upon at least a on a few matters discussed pertaining to the national question.
Meanwhile, expressing disappointment over the absence of an interim report despite holding sittings for several months, they have urged the PSC on the National Question to issue an interim report inclusive of recommendations on areas that are not prone to controversy including;
- the establishment of a Second Chamber of Parliament based on provinces
- strengthening of local government institutions and consultation process