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* Government needs two-third majority to change Sri Lanka's present electoral system, Minister Peiris says
Thu, Mar 25, 2010, 06:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 25, Colombo: The government hopes to receive two-third majority at the upcoming parliamentary elections to revise the electoral system of the country as inter party rivalries have sprung due to the present system, the Minister of Export Development and International Trade Professor G.L. Peiris said today.

Addressing the cabinet media briefing in Colombo today, the Minister said the present system does not allow holding by-elections and there is no direct contact between the voter and the elected member.

Under the existing electoral system candidates have to spent large amounts of money to win an election and obtain preferential votes. In some instances electorates may not have any members elected from that area, the Minister pointed out.

The Minister stressed that two-thirds majority is therefore needed to change the present electoral system to eliminate these discrepancies.

According to the Minister, the new parliament will convene on April 22nd following the general election on April 8th and the new government will present its budget in the middle of May.

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