Consideration of petitions over 19th Amendment to Constitution concludes

Consideration of petitions over 19th Amendment to Constitution concludes

Written by Staff Writer

06 Apr, 2015 | 9:43 pm

The considering of petitions filed over the draft 19th Amendment to the Constitution, concluded at the Supreme Court on Monday, April 6 .

There were 19 petitioners and intervening petitioners who were judged by a three-judge bench including Chief Justice K. Sripavan, Justice Chandra Ekanayake and Priyasad Depp.

Making submissions in court, Attorney General, President’s Counsel Yuwanjana Wijayathilake said that the 19th Amendment will maintain the President as the Head of the Executive and also pointed out that the President would seek the advice of the Prime minister only in the capacity of an adviser.

He also added that the if the President and the Prime Minister do not reach a common consensus, it would be then referred to the parliament in order to reach a decision. He argued that a referendum is not essential for such an amendment.

Meanwhile, the SLFP and JHU expressed their protest against the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva stated that leader’s office was sent a 12- page draft of even more amendments from the office of the leader of the house; which means this is the documentation that will enact the bill pertaining to the constitution.

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