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Mano Ganesan and TPA promised support by the SLFP for Proportional Electoral System

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Leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA) MP Mano Ganesan met with former President and Leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena to inquire about the SLFPs stand regarding the electoral system and stated that Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), which represent the Tamil and Muslim communities, will also support the proportional system. The discussion was held yesterday (28) at the residence of the former President. “At this meeting, I explained to the former President that this stand by the SLFP was contrary to the position previously expressed directly to me by him as the SLFP Leader and the General Secretary of the party MP Dayasiri Jayasekara,” Ganesan noted. He went on to say that Tamil National Alliance(TNA), the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC), which represent the Tamil and Muslim communities, also support the proportional system, adding that many leaders of allied parties within the government as well as minority parties have personally told Ganesan that they support the proportional system. Ganesan also pointed out that at present the SJB and the JVP are also of the view that the proportional system should continue. During their meeting, former President and SLFP Leader Maithripala Sirisena responded to Ganesan saying that the statement at the PSC was wrong and the position of the party had not been exposed properly. “The statement at the PSC was wrong. The position of our party has not been expressed properly. The official delegation of our party will state our position in the near future. The SLFP does not accept the mixed system. We support the proportional system. The Local government elections can be held under the mixed system. However, proportional representation is appropriate in provincial and parliamentary elections," said Sirisena. The SLFP leader had also said, “It is good that this country has an Executive Presidency. It serves to unite the country. But, similarly, a pluralistic parliament is needed to represent all political policies. That is why it is good for democracy in this country. This is the position of SLFP.”
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