Political parties express views on the 20th Amendment

Political parties express views on the 20th Amendment

Political parties express views on the 20th Amendment

Written by Tharushan Fernando

17 Jun, 2015 | 9:20 pm

Various views were expressed by political parties on Wednesday as well regarding the 20th Amendment to the constitution.

Opposition Leader, Nimal Siripala de Silva said:

The United National Party agreed in cabinet to 237 parliamentary seats but today they have said in public and at media briefings, shamelessly, that they wanted 225 and not the 237. This shows the United National Party’s two faced policy and their laid-back approach to ensure the passage of the 20th Amendment

He added that it is clear that Rauff Hakeem is also in a move to scuttle the passing of the 20th Amendment and some of them are of the opinion that two ballot papers need to be introduced. He said that what is needed is a simple electoral system and the United National Party together with other parties are trying to smear this and are trying to prevent this from being passed. He further stated that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the United People’s Freedom Alliance will work towards ensuring the passage of the 20th Amendment to the constitution.

Media Spokesperson for the SLFP, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa noted that if the draft on the 20th Amendment to the constitution has been gazetted, then it can be taken up for debate in Parliament and this is the manner in which a bill is created. And that this is the purpose of the Parliament.

Leader of National Unity Front, Azad Sally requested that those who brought victory must rally and get the 20th Amendment to the constitution passed. But now it is being said that when this is tabled in Parliament and passed and “if you make this promise we have no issues of considering it.”

UNP Parliamentarian, Nalin Bandara noted that there is no need for a new government. He added that the UNP is not opposed to the 20th Amendment and it has been said to pass the 20th amendment. He added that the bill can be passed expeditiously if needed but there is no sense of urgency or interest in getting it passed. He further added that there is belief that president Maithripala Sirisena will not give nominations to the former members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party who stole, dealt with drugs and who brought in ethanol to the country.

The gazette notification on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution has been published in English.

Sources at the Government Printers had stated that the document will be issued once gazette notification is translated and published in both Sinhala and Tamil.

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