The 20th Amendment to the Constitution which includes a fresh election system to the country has not been finalized at the last meeting of the Cabinet Ministers. Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne told the media that most of the sections needed to be discussed further and another committee was appointed.
Accordingly, President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and leaders of political parties including the minor parties will meet next week to make the final draft to be presented to the Cabinet of Ministers again.
Minister Senaratne mentioned that issues such as the increase in the number of seats in the House to 255 from 225, provision of two ballot-papers, formation of Delimitation Commission and the percentage for women candidates were discussed. He was sure that the 20th Amendment to the Constitution will be passed before a possible dissolution of the Parliament.
He also said on Wednesday that the vacated ministerial posts by four Sri Lanka Freedom Party MPs will be filled soon and proving his words another five SLFP parliamentarians were accorded with the ministerial posts on Friday morning. One has been even included in the Cabinet.