Principles of Electoral Systems roundtable

The objective of this event was to conduct a roundtable on election system design and the likely impact of the MMP system, with key academics working in the field. The Guest Speaker of this event was Dr. Andrew Reynolds.

Dr. Reynolds is a Professor of Political Science and the Chair of Global Studies at UNC Chapel Hill (USA). He is also a lead author of the prominent International IDEA publication “Electoral System Design” and a recognized senior international expert. He has worked for the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and a range of other prominent international institutions. He has also served as an adviser on issues of electoral and constitutional design for 27 nations including Afghanistan, Burma, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Syria, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

The Regional Manager of IFES Mr. Vasu Mohan, and Attorney At – Law, Researcher – CPA Luwie Ganeshathasan assisted in facilitating the event.

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Hashanie Chithranganie: Talk Back with Jayasiri

Hashanie Chithranganie, a Researcher at CMEV, expressed her ideas on the importance of the de-limitation process and its impact on electoral reforms in the country. She co-authored the book ‘History of the de-limitation process in Sri Lanka & a brief introduction on previous commissions’, recently published by CMEV. She has discussed on the findings of previous de-limitation commissions, the respective special features and other matters including the de-limitation review committee which has been appointed under the Ministry of Provincial Council & Local Government.

The program named ‘Talk Back with Jayasiri’ was presented by W. Jayasiri and was produced by Lanka Puvath Ltd. as per the invitation of CMEV, a project being implemented in partnership with Open Society Foundation. Lanka Puvath Ltd. is the only state news agency of Sri Lanka which was established in 1978 and is a member of the Organisation Asia – Pacific News Agencies- OANA Pool.

TALK BACK WITH JAYASIRI: LG elections delay and consequences

Mr. Manjula Gajanayake, National Co-ordinator, Centre for Monitoring Election Violence – TALK BACK WITH JAYASIRI: Centre for Monitoring Violence (CMEV) is facilitating a series of programs focusing on current political issues, giving special focus to the electoral reforms and the reconciliation processes of the country.

The National Co-ordinator of CMEV, Mr. Manjula Gajanayake attended this program and expressed his thoughts on the current situation of the delayed Local Government Elections as well as the consequences of delaying such an important election for such a long time.

He further highlighted number of weaknesses of the previous delimitation committee report on the local government elections published in gazette by the President in September last year and the unconditional importance of holding this election without any further delay. He further highlighted the importance of strengthening the newly established Election Commission with powers being vested on it to hold any election under its discretion and the importance of having a schedule of elections.

Senarath Attanayake and Nirmi Vitharana: Talk Back with Jayasiri

CMEV is facilitating a series of programs focusing on current issues, giving special focus to electoral reforms and the reconciliation process of the country.
Uva Provincial Council member Mr. Senarath Attanayake and International Center for Ethnic Studies (ICES) researcher Ms. Nirmi Vitharana expressed their ideas on the ongoing consultation work related to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) and their experience on how to mainstream political rights of PwDs into the electoral process.
Both of them are activists on disability issues and Mr. Senarath is the only elected member in PCs across the country who makes use of a wheel chair. Nirmi is engaged in extensive research and consultation work on disability issues. Both of them were founding members of ‘Enabled Elections’ ; highly activated during the last 2 national elections in partnership with CMEV, in order to facilitate the voting rights of PwDs.

The program was presented by W. Jayasiri and was produced by Lanka Puvath Ltd. under the invitation of CMEV. They are the only state news agency of Sri Lanka which was established in 1978 and is a member of the Organisation Asia – Pacific News Agencies- OANA Pool.

Saman Rathnayake: Talk Back with Jayasiri

Centre for Monitoring Violence (CMEV) is facilitating a series of programs focusing on current issues, giving special focus to electoral reforms and the reconciliation process of the country.
The Additional Election Commissioner of the Election Commission Mr. Saman Rathnayake expressed his ideas on the ongoing registration process of voters, strategies and innovative actions taken by the commission to accommodate all marginalized/ vulnerable groups into the election process under the theme of an ‘Inclusive Election’. Mr. Rathnayake is the focal point at the commission, with regard to matters related to Persons with Disabilities.

The program was presented by W. Jayasiri and was produced by Lanka Puvath Ltd. under the invitation of CMEV. They are the only state news agency of Sri Lanka which was established in 1978 and is a member of the Organisation Asia – Pacific News Agencies- OANA Pool.