The People’s Action for Free and Fair Election
(PAFFREL) has requested for clarification from the
Speaker regarding the establishment of the
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
“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.