Seven political parties, including the UNP and the JVP, are opposed to the interim report submitted by the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms headed by Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. The JHU is still on the fence.
At yesterday`s UNP`s democratic group press conference, Minister Professor G. L. Peiris said the present system of proportional representation heavily favours rich candidates to get elected to Parliament. If the PR system gets curtailed even an ordinary villager who wants to serve the village masses could get elected to Parliament, he said. The UNP`s democratic group is in favour of the reforms in the interim report, he said.
Others present at yesterday`s conference held at the Seth Sevana office in Kirulaponne, were Agricultural Minister Hemakumara Nanayakkara and the Group`s Secretary R. A. D. Sirisena.
The seven political parties opposed to the interim report also decided to oppose and work against any move by the Government to implement the recommendations mentioned.
Their stand is that if the Government wants to go ahead with the recommendations, it should be with the unanimous agreement of all political parties represented in Parliament.
In all their future actions in opposing the recommended reforms, the JVP will work as single entity in the Opposition. The UNP, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Ceylon Workers` Congress, Western Province Democratic Front, Up-country People`s Front and the Tamil National Alliance will work jointly as a single group.
Representatives of the two groups will meet to decide on future action soon.