Appointed and National List Member of Parliament

A National List Member of Parliament (National List MP) is a nominated Member of Parliament who is appointed by a political party or an independent group to the Parliament of Sri Lanka. The number of national list MPs allocated to a contesting party or an independent group depends on the proportion to their share of the national vote. A total of 29 national list MPs are appointed alongside 196 elected MPs (elected from 22 multi-member electoral districts) making a total of 225 members in the parliament.


Following the establishment of the Senate and the House of Representatives in Ceylon under the Soulbury Commission, the House of Representatives had six members appointed by the Governor-General, on the advice of the Prime Minister to represent important interests which were not represented or inadequately represented in the House, they were usually from the European and Burgher communities and on occasions from the Indian Tamils and Muslim (Moors or Malays) groups. On a few occasions caste groups from within the Sinhalese and Tamils also obtained representation in Parliament as appointed members.[1] In the Senate, 15 members were elected by the lower chamber, the House of Representatives and the other 15 members were appointed by the Governor-General on advice of the Prime Minister and generally consisted of distinguished individuals.[2] The senators were known as "Elected Senators" and "Appointed Senators" respectively.[2] The Senate was abolished in 1971.

Current National List MPsEdit

Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna

Tamil National Alliance

United National Front for Good Governance

United People's Freedom Alliance

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Wilson, A. Jeyaratnam (2016). Politics in Sri Lanka, the Republic of Ceylon: A Study in the Making of a New Nation. Springer. p. 206. ISBN 9781349015443.
  2. ^ a b Rajasingham, K. T. "Chapter 11: On the threshold of freedom". Sri Lanka: The Untold Story. Archived from the original on 2001-11-08.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)