All Reforms

Conducting Elections

Introducing Double ballot papers

It is better to use a dual ballot paper to reap the full benefits of this mixed proportional representation system. However, there is no difficulty in generating the desired results by making timely and structural changes to suit the needs of the country/region in regard. Nevertheless, whatever options are used, it is doubtful whether the spirit of the hybrid system, which can be considered a hybrid electoral system, can be achieved through a single ballot paper. The general idea of a dual ballot paper is to choose a political party of one's choice at the national level in parallel with selecting the candidate closest to oneself. It encourages the all-party and broad-based political participation that must undoubtedly exist in a people's representation.

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Last Updated: 15 Dec 2022 at 12:16

Electoral Campaign

Consideration of appropriate proposals for creating a level playing field-Campaign Finance

One of the decisive factors contributing to the misuse of the electoral culture in this country is the lack of broader and proper electoral regulatory mechanisms. In any country where democratic elections are held, such a protectionist system has been implemented to improve the accountability of the people's representatives and make them real people's representatives. Therefore, there is an urgent need to introduce a mechanism to regulate election campaign expenditure before any election is held in this country. It is more accurate to identify it as an urgent national need.

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Last Updated: 15 Dec 2022 at 12:25


Delimitation for Election Reforms for Upcoming Elections

Society is not so pleased about the delimitation process that has been approved in this country so far. (This does not refer to the last delimitation of Provincial Councils in the country. Criticism of members of the Legislature was minimal on the report, which was tabled in Parliament within four months under an extensive and objective process). We mean the commissions that were established before that. Further, the statutory and legal provisions of the Delimitation Commission, which is already legally established in the country, should be further expanded and the statutory and legal provisions should be incorporated so that they can be officially included in any delimitation-related work taking place in Sri Lanka.

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Last Updated: 15 Dec 2022 at 12:34

Electoral Administration & Oversight

Proposed Election Reforms for the upcoming Election

It is indisputable that the post-universal electoral reform process in this country had to undergo timely changes in line with the constitutional reforms. However, it is difficult to say whether the necessary reforms were carried out through a broader public consultation or a more socially interactive approach to society. One of the fundamental features of democracy is to ensure vital, timely changes to the country's electoral system and processes, thereby addressing the people's aspirations. Thus, CMEV presents a preliminary draft of the reforms essential to the overall process, including the legislative framework of the electoral system. The total number of elections held in Sri Lanka since 1931, when universal suffrage began, is 74. It also includes 15 parliamentary elections. This record of conducting elections is unparalleled compared to any state in the world that adopts a democratic electoral process.

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Last Updated: 15 Dec 2022 at 12:39

Participation Inclusion

Enhance the participation of young people in politics

Apathy and low voter turnout among young people because they are often ignored by political parties or used as an opportunities for the party to strengthen its position in an area or with a particular minority group. From among 15,992,096 registered voters, 13,387,951 voters cast their vote in the election, which places turnout at 83.72 percent, up 2.2 percent from the 81.52 percent turnout recorded at the 2019 election.

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Last Updated: 15 Dec 2022 at 12:44