Opposition assures backing for polls reforms

Nimal siripalaThe opposition today assured its full backing for electoral reforms through the 20th Amendment to the constitution.

Opposition leader Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) want the reforms approved by Parliament soon.

The Opposition leader also accused the ruling United National Party (UNP) of attempting to derail moves to get the 20th Amendment passed by Parliament.

He said that while the UNP had agreed to the proposals on electoral reforms which was approved by cabinet last Friday, they were now saying they are not happy.

Nimal Siripala de Silva said that even Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem, who is a cabinet Minister, had initially agreed to the proposals but was not calling for more changes. (Colombo Gazette)