Legislation necessary to implement electronic voting

The government yesterday said it would be possible to implement the electronic voting system in Sri Lanka, provided necessary legislation was enacted for that purpose with other requirements being met such as funds and infrastructure.

Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, responding to a question posed by Colombo District UNP Parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake on implementing the electronic voting system in the country said India’s experience in this regard could be made use of in the implementation of the electronic voting system.

Karunanayake asked whether an open electronic registration system could not be established instead of updating the current registration in one month of a year.

"New legislation has to be enacted for an open elector registration system to be established. Copies of the computerized register of voters, on compact disks, are already being made available to recognized political parties on the request of secretaries of political parties," Gunawardena said.

Karunanayake also alleged that there was a move to reduce the number of voters, especially in UNP strongholds, to which Gunawardena responded that with the implementation of computerised voter system, chances for multiple registration were reduced, thus, the number of voters was also reduced.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, also commenting on the issue, said before it was implemented islandwide members in the Parliament should start using the electronic voting system which had been installed in Parliament. (SI)

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