The committee comprises Prof. Sudantha Liyanage, Dr. Sujata Gamage,Louis Ganeshananthan, S. Medawewa, P.M. Siriwardena, Kumudini Samuel, Executive Director of PAFFREL Rohana Hettiarachchi and Manjula Gajanayake. The committee is scheduled to present its proposals to Musthapha and Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya on or around 15 July.
Hettiarachchi, speaking to Ceylon Today said that apart from having already met and consulted with the Provincial Councillors from the North Central Province, all three Districts of the Western Province, and the Southern Province, they will on 4 July visit Vavuniya to meet the Northern Provincial Councillors for the same purpose. They are yet to meet with the Provincial Councillors from the Uva and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. Besides politicians, academics too are being consulted, he added.
“The existing Act may be very good but if the political parties aren’t comfortable with it, it will not work. We are however, operating on the basis that the delimitation to be presented will stand. The politicians are concerned with whether their representation is protected.
Therefore, we have to look at the issue practically and provide solutions to address the shortcomings in the Act,” Hettiarachchi further explained.