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PAFFREL wants clarifications

The People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) has requested for clarification from the Speaker regarding the establishment of the Delimitation Commission.
In its proposals submitted to the Speaker, the PAFFREL has stated that the local authority minister should announce the criteria for selecting and removing members to the national commission and district committees and there should be provisions to select representatives from minority groups.
Regarding the district delimitation, the proposal says there should be Tamil and Muslim representatives in the Eastern and Northern provinces and representation of the interests of the plantation population in districts where they are a significant part of the population.
The PAFFREL in its proposal says there should be a clear definition of the criteria for delimitation and this should be published and that the electoral lists must be finalized before the district and national delimitation committees begin their work.
The PAFFREL has called upon the Speaker to reconsider granting opportunity for individuals or groups to contest part of the total local government territory and further considering reducing the value of the deposit for an individual and independent member to contest.
Further, the PAFFREL has suggested that there should be at least 30% quota for women and youth in the nomination list and to make it mandatory.
“We suggest that when selecting members through Proportional Representation from the 30% of that, to grant a 60% quota for women and youth,” the proposals have stated.
The PAFFREL has also suggested 60% under the First Past the Post (FPP) and 40% for PR to be considered in the new reforms.
“We suggest that the delimitation commission should consider the current figure as a fixed number and out of that number 60% could be used for demarcation under the FPP and 40% for PR system,” the proposals have stated.
“We propose that counting of the votes in the first instance should be at the relevant polling stations in the presence of representatives of contesting political parties, independent groups and observers from recognized election monitoring organizations. The process could be open to observation of the competent and interested pubic.
“The results should be displayed publicly at the polling stations or the Pradeshiya Sabah offices and we strongly recommend at least three security persons with arms to be provided at each polling station,” the proposals have said.