PR voting system creating intra-party rivalry - PM | Daily News


PR voting system creating intra-party rivalry - PM

The Preferential Vote System has created unhealthy rivalry within a party during election time leading to an inadmissible political culture which should be changed, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.

He said that he had instructed all to strive hard to win the electorate. He added that according to the system, the contestants would criticise one another, if some one made a negative remark.

He added that he would address all contestants following the nominations.

The Prime Minister made these observations during a meeting at Temple Trees with news managers in response to a query by a journalist on verbal bashings aired by the contestants within the party.

He said under this existing system even if father and son contested even they would exchange remarks. He added hence this situation should be changed.When media queried on the suspension of the training of the newly appointed graduates around 45,000 in number by the Election Commission Chairman, the Prime Minister said that although he suspended their training, the graduates will get their salaries during these two months. He added that neither the graduates are employed nor given the training.

Information and Mass Media and Higher Education, Technology and Innovation Minister Dr.Bandula Gunawardena said letters of employment to unemployed graduates was a Presidential election pledge.

He added that Opposition Leader Sajith Leader said that grant of employments was illegal and he would give employments to the graduates. He added that it was the first time that he saw an Opposition Leader that objected to grants given to the public.

He added that Sajith objected to the Supplementary estimate in Parliament that was to settle the bills of the contractors of 'Gam Peraliya Project' which were of the Good Governance government.

When queried on women's representation, the Prime Minister said that women are nominated to each electorate if they apply.

The Prime Minister said he had instructed government institutions to take measures to sell consumer items at popular places as they did earlier in Nugegoda to control the price. He added if did so even a coconut could be made available at Rs 60.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said action is being taken to extradite Arjuna Mahendran.

He also said that the function of the Presidential Commission on the Easter Sunday attacks is satisfactory. "Even Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith is satisfied with this," the PM said.

The Prime Minister said the UN Human Rights Commissioner's response had been commendable when Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met him. Proessor GL Peiris responding to same said that the Human Rights Council cannot impose sanctions.

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