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‘New electoral system will better reflect the will of the people’: Dinesh

[DailyMirror, Thursday, 5 January 2012 08:09 No Comment]

The government expects the support of “an overwhelming majority of political parties in parliament” to pass the Local Authorities Elections (Amendment) Bill on January 17, Chief Government Whip and Minister of Water Supply and Drainage Dinesh Gunawardena said today.

The Bill will be the first concrete move by the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government to introduce a hybrid electoral system featuring elements of both the First-Past-the-Post system and Proportional Representation (PR).

“There has been a call from the general public right throughout the country for a better system and the President has given his fullest blessings to implement the new system which will strengthen democratic governance in Sri Lanka,” Minister Gunawardena told the Daily Mirror.

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