President Maithripala Sirisena today emphasized on the need for solving the issue of women representation in electoral bodies, pointing out that the country has come under international criticism over this issue. He said that required amendments must be adopted early to ensure proper women representation.
He also said the delimitation of electoral divisions must be done to ensure proper representation of the people of the area in an electorate and not to ensure the victory of a particular political party.
He said this while presiding over the All Party Meeting on delimitation held at the Grand Monarch Auditorium at Talawatugoda today.
“If the delimitation is attempted at a hurried manner, it may not achieve the real objective. Hence it is advisable to take more time and do a proper job,” he said. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and representatives from 44 political parties took part in this meeting.
Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Musthapha, Ministers Kabir Hashim, Duminda Dissanayake, Susil Premajayantha, S B Dissanayake, Rauf Hakeem, Mano Ganeshan, Head of Election Commission, Mahinda Dshapriya, officials and party representatives attended the meeting. (Colombo Gazette)