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Sri Lanka's nationalist JHU says no doubt of government securing a two-thirds majority
Tue, Mar 23, 2010, 12:45 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s nationalist party, Jathika Hela Urumaya says there is no doubt over the government receiving a two-thirds majority at the April 8 general election.
JHU theoretician and Minister Champika Ranawaka observed that receiving a two-thirds majority in the next parliament is an achievable target.
He says that the governing party received 57% of the votes at the last Presidential election and 63% of votes at all the provincial council elections. Therefore, Ranawaka maintains that if the governing party polls 63% of the votes, there is no doubt about receiving a two-thirds majority.
He has also noted that the common belief is that no one could get a two-thirds majority under the present Proportional Representation (PR) system and that no government has been able to secure a majority in parliament since its implementation.
However, Ranawaka has said there has been difference in the voting pattern shown during the Provincial Council elections.
"Since the implementation of the Mahinda Chinthana there has been a broad consensus built between parties within the UPFA. This has resulted in a positive outlook at the elections held since 2005," he said.