UNP, SLFP to meet President on electoral method

The United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) are planning to hold talks with President Maithripala Sirisena, subsequent to making a final decision at party level, on the electoral method under which the forthcoming local government elections should be conducted.

Both factions in the SLFP, those who have joined the national government and those representing the opposition, have declared that the local government elections should be held under the divisional system.

However, as the UNP has declared that this election should be held under the preferential votes system and all other elections after that should be held according to the divisional system, a conflict has arisen between the two parties.

As the two parties have conflicting opinions regarding this issue, it is learnt that a decision will be made at party level and a discussion is scheduled to be held between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in the near future.

The five-point plan in the UNP election manifesto, which was presented to create a new country in 60 months, states that the preferential voting system would be changed and a new electoral system established. The UPFA election manifesto also declared the same thing.

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