Politicians express views on19th Amendment to the Constitution

Politicians express views on19th Amendment to the Constitution

Written by Bella Dalima

19 Mar, 2015 | 9:35 pm

The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya said that it will seek a public referendum through court in order to pass the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Views were expressed by politicians over the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Addressing a press conference at the Western Province Aesthetic Resort Leader of Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Attorney-at-Law Udaya Gammanpila said a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court took a decision on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. If a power that was given to the President by the people is to be transferred to another, the permission of the masses need to be sought through a public referendum.

He added that the 19th Amendment to the constitution says that Cabinet will be chaired by the Prime Minister and not the President. The President can call for it, if he wishes so. In addition the distribution of subjects to the ministries will be done by the Prime Minister. Thereby, it is the Prime Minister who will be the leader of the government.

He went on to note that they hope to seek approval from the Supreme Court to call for a public referendum over the 19th Amendment to the constitution.

Speaking at a media briefing at the Party Headquarters in Kew Road, Slave Island, Leader of the New Sama Samaja Party Dr. Wickremabahu Karunaratne said that they request for the next election to be held in a fair and proportional manner. Those non-political and unjust black sheep came through these preferential votes. When the proportional voting system comes in to place it will only be politics that will be involved. Therefore, they seek a fair election. The proportional election system is a right of the people of this country.

Speaking at a press conference at the NFF Party Headquarters in Battaramulla, Politburo Member of the National Freedom Front, Weerakumara Dissanayake said;

”When an individual contests under a party he becomes a member of the party. That is the election law. We contested under the UPFA and were elected to Parliament. Our Leader Wimal Weerawansa and myself represent the UPFA in Parliament.”

At a media briefing at the Public Library Auditorium in Colombo, Convenor of Alternative Group of the JVP Anuruddha Polgampola said that Ranil Wickremesinghe is playing a double game. On one hand he is attempting to band together the MPs of the SLFP using the President to bring about the national government. On the other hand what is taking place. The government is being forced to dissolve Parliament in 100 days.

He added that Ranil Wickremesinghe is attempting to pave the way for the establishment of a UNP government.

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