“Right to information act does not require a referendum” : Sagala Rathnayake (Watch video)

“Right to information act does not require a referendum” : Sagala Rathnayake (Watch video)

Written by Staff Writer

09 May, 2015 | 11:36 pm

Sagala Ratnayaka ,the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff says that  the Government is prepared to present the right to information act to Parliament. He made this comment during an event in Matara on Saturday (May 9th) held to commemorate late journalist Pasan Ramawickreme.

Ratnayake noted that the government was advised by court that a public referendum would be necessary to approve this act if it is to be brought before the 19th amendment to the constitution. He also noted that since the 19th amendment has already been approved by Parliament there is no obstacle facing the Right to information act. .

The Prime Ministerial Chief of staff believes that this act would strengthen the free media in the country. Sagala Rathnayake revealed to the public that the Government initially attempted to bring in this act as an emergency act but decided not to proceed as a normal act based on the requests made by the opposition.

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