Committee to seek public opinion on constitutional reform starting next week

Committee to seek public opinion on constitutional reform starting next week

Committee to seek public opinion on constitutional reform starting next week

Written by Tharushan Fernando

16 Jan, 2016 | 10:30 pm

The committee to seek public opinion on constitutional reforms will commence its operation in Colombo on Monday, Jan. 18, and will conclude seeking public opinion on Jan. 20.

The general public can present their opinion on constitutional reforms to the committee locate at the Secretariat in Visumpaya in Colombo 2. The Department of Government Information says that the committee will accept public opinion from 09:30 to 04:30 p.m. daily.

Politicians also commented on constitutional reforms at several events across the country on Saturday.

UPFA MP Rohitha Abeygunawardena stated: They presented the motion to change the constitution and it was noted that the amendments need to be done from within the constitutional framework. They tried to make us MPs for namesake but it has turned out to be not what they hoped for

Minister of Transport Nimal Siripala de Silva stated: A new constitution is to be created but do not have any fear. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party will not betray the nation. The SLFP is of the stance that the power of the executive presidency needs to be curtailed. We accept the fact that we need constitutional amendments.

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Mahinda Amaraweera stated: A new constitution will be created but there is no stance that what is presented must be adopted. Constitutional reforms will take place with the opinion from the 225 MPs. Some say that Buddhism will lose its place and the country will be divided; but such decisions will not be allowed.

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