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Tough laws on registering parties needed - Minister

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said a new Constitution must address the issue of political party registrations based on race and ethnicity.

Registration of political parties has become a mere eyewash since after the registration of certain parties, the leaders sell their parties nearing elections, SLFP Senior Vice President, Labour Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.

He said that due to the deposit value being low for registering parties, a number of independent groups submit nominations at the polls and as a result ballot papers get stretched and voters face a quandary.

He was speaking at a meeting held at the Grand Kandyan Hotel in Kandy recently.

He said the SLFP had decided to pay special attention to these issues when drafting a new Constitution and that the party had submitted these proposals to the expert committee to draft a new Constitution.

He the SLFP was proposing to increase the deposit amount to Rs.20 million for a parliamentary election, Rs.10 million for a Provincial Council election and Rs. 5 million for a local government election.The Minister said naming of political parties on the basis of race and religion should see an end.

The Minister stated that the SLFP is of the view that the powers of the Provincial Councils should be further decentralised and that the District Council system should be followed.