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Several groups in the North representing oppressed castes have complained of inadequate political representation. This situation could be remedied by way of a solution through the constitutional reforms process or through changes to the relevant electoral laws.

The Public Representation Committee on Constitutional Reforms during their public sittings had received representations from several groups including the Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front and doctors from the medical specialists’ community in the said area, regarding caste-based discrimination.

Chairman of the Committee, Attorney-at-Law Lal Wijenayake explained that the said groups had pointed out political representation related issues in the Parliament and Local Government bodies, adding that they had further noted that such persons from backgrounds of depressed castes, according to them, accounted for approximately 40% of the population there.

Adequate representation can be done in many ways including through a formula to ensure such or by demarcating separate seats and electorates for such groups in the delimitation process, he noted.