Term Limits to help Clean Up Sri Lankan Parliament!

Considering the events and roles played by the current members in the Parliament, most Sri Lankans, in particular those who follow the proceedings will no doubt agree major clean up is necessary and quality members introduced with term limits; for it would change the productivity of the legislature and thereby allow parliament to acquire more legitimacy as an institution by doing better work on fewer tasks. This change also receive support from large majorities of civil groups in the country; however the idea would be opposed primarily by many incumbent politicians and the special interest groups which depend on them. Whereas, the Term limits would make the functioning of parliament smoother and serve the people better by resolving many of country’s serious political problems. Bring in new advantages, ensuring better turnover, securing independent parliamentary judgment and would also considerably reduce election-related incentives for wasteful government spending.

Another change needed to complete the cleaning up process is proper use of the National List system to enrich the legislature. Earlier in 2015, after the General Election candidates who were defeated were appointed back as Members of Parliament on the National List, that created a bit of an uproar, particularly in the social media. The provision for National List was made to bring into parliament those high caliber candidates who the electorates would not send in absolute ignorance. The National List system must not be missed used, but retained as originally intended to bring high caliber members to the Parliament

Many arguments against term limits are either mistaken with the claim that there already a satisfactory legislature turnover or irrelevant as attempts to introduce much needed election finance reforms. claiming that term limits are plainly unconstitutional.

Whereas, majority of the people in Sri Lanka would concede that limiting political terms would certainly create a fundamental change in Sri Lankan politics. Like the Presidency the term of parliamentarians too should be limited to two terms; that would help to lay the foundation for a holistic rule as the country had at the time of independence.