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Hakeem seeks multi member constituencies to reflect diversity

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Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader City Planning and Water Supply Minister Rauff Hakeem has called for the formation of multi member constituencies to reflect diversity and to alleviate discrimination.

He has also struck a note of caution that SLMC will be compelled to leave the government if the injustice is not rectified.

He was addressing the House on the debate on Delimitation Report. He stated that the minorities have suffered due to the delimitation report and urged the government to consider forming multi-member constituencies for the benefit of minor and minority parties for the forthcoming Provincial Council elections. The delimitation committee had done a great injustice to the Muslim community and other minority communities.

He further stated that there are issues relating to the creation of constituents in many areas where there is a Muslim representation, such as Udunuwara, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Mawanella and Gampaha.

He said: "The delimitation committee have set themselves at some internal criteria, which in my opinion, is wrong and discriminatory for minorities. It does not reflect the necessary diversity in selection of members to Provincial Councils. When there is a particular minority community living in substantial numbers within a geographical space, they have to bring in a criterion to form constituencies benefitting the particular community.

If the government fails to rectify the shortcomings of the report, we perhaps would be compelled to leave the government.

I am sure the government would take up the amendments we have proposed or go for the old law to hold the elections soon. We must look for an alternative if we are to hold Provincial Elections in a timely fashion."

 

 

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