by Mano Ganesan
The issue of electoral reforms are very fundamental for the Tamil and Muslim minorities live in the southern districts than their counterparts in the northern and eastern provinces.
President and leader of opposition should take the Tamil speaking minorities into confidence when dealing with this issue said DPF leader Mano Ganesan in a release issued by the DPF media office. Ganesan says further in the release,
The national consensus today is for a mixed electoral system encompassing positive features of both FPP and PR systems. We endorse this consensus and subsequent national search for an appropriate system. The established apprehension along the line of search is that complete doing away with the PR system would cut down the representations of the minorities inappropriately.
It should be understood that if any unfair system is implemented, the numerical minority Tamils and Muslims living in the southern districts will be the most affected than their counterparts in the northern and eastern provinces. This is being one of the major core issues being debated over the years in respect of the electoral reforms subject.
The fear of the numerical minorities should not be under estimated. Even the mixed system, which is being projected is also has sent an impression of distrust amidst the minority political parties representing the Tamil speaking people live in the southern districts outside north and east. It is essential that all possible avenues must be tried to arrive at the most suitable electoral system.
The suitability is to ensure fair minority representation while accommodating positives features of both PR and FPP systems. Disfranchisement and violent denials of voting rights of the Tamil people to elect their democratic representatives have led to turmoil in the past.
DPF calls upon the president and leader of opposition to take the minorities into confidence by being mindful of the fear.