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* Sri Lanka considers amending laws to impose stricter penalties for election law violations
Wed, Feb 12, 2014, 11:18 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 12, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has accepted the shortcomings in the election laws to effectively deal with the violators and is considering to amend the laws to impose stricter penalties for election law violations, a government minister said.

"We accept that there are shortcomings in the law," the Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.

Addressing a Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) media briefing on Wednesday on the upcoming provincial council polls the Minister de Silva said the government abolished the proportionate representation system in the local government polls and introduced the first- past the post system and the government is hoping to implement such a system for the Provincial Council polls as well.

There was a growing concern in Sri Lanka that the present election system of proportionate representation system leads to the lawlessness in the country during the elections and the system needs to be changed to avoid clashes between members of the same party.

Speaking at the same media briefing General Secretary of SLFP, Minister Maithripala Sirisena said the punishments for the election law violations had not changed for years. The fine for such violations still stands at mere 100 rupees.

He said the government made it mandatory to produce the National Identity Card to prevent election law violations when casting ballots.

"As the United People's Freedom Alliance we will look into to amending the laws and ensure that severe punishments are meted out against perpetrators," Minister Sirisena said.

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