Despite reports of the Ilankai Thamiz Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) rotating one of the two seats obtained through the national list among two parliamentarians, newly-elected ITAK MP M A Sumanthiran said the party has made no decision in this regards. “There is more time and we will take a decision in the coming week,” he said.
Speaking to The Nation, former ITAK MP Suresh Premachandran too reiterated this statement saying no decision has been made. According to reports, Premachandran too is in line to be appointed as a MP through the national list despite failing to secure the required preferential votes in the general election.
The ITAK was able to secure 14 seats by winning the majority of the votes in the Jaffna, Vanni and Batticaloa polling divisions. The party has been awarded two slots through the national list, bringing their total representation to 16 seats in the newly-elected Parliament.
Meanwhile, Parliament officials have set up an information desk to facilitate the registration process on August 23, 24 and 25. However, they have advanced a date and later announced that the MPs could register on August 24, 25 and 26 as some had not finalized their national lists by last Friday.