The prevention of the marginalization of communities and minority groups when applying statistical formulas which are to be included in the proposed electoral reforms is the primary challenge, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) noted.
Through discussions we have managed to minimize the fear among the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and the minorities in the North and the East concerning delimitation that include fears entertained by the upcountry Tamils, CaFFE mentioned.
The debate on electoral reforms, which is presently at a strictly academic level, will once again come to the fore by the first week of April, Executive Director of CaFFE, Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon said.
People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL) proposed that a system of recall, where based on the evaluation of the performance of a politician, an underperforming one would be recalled by the respective electorate, should be considered.
“We have had consultative meetings in all the Districts, including with the Elections officials and the Commissioner of Elections. There must be limitations imposed on campaign finance, otherwise any electoral reform would bring about disastrous results. There must be an elections calendar. There must be some sort of guarantee of the quality of the candidates.,” Executive Director of PAFFREL, Rohana Hettiarachchi pointed out.