Written by Lahiru Fernando
23 Nov, 2017 | 10:00 pm
A ‘Motion of No Confidence’ has been submitted by the Joint Opposition MPs against Min. Faiszer Musthapha.
The Motion was submitted to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today (November 23).
Mr. Musthapha is the Minister of Provincial Councils & Local Government.
“Despite the Elections Commission being vested with the power to hold the Local Government Election and was in the process of doing so, the subject Minister’s inability to hold the election has resulted in a deadly blow to the country’s democracy.” – said the Motion
The Motion calls for the minister’s resignation due to the lack of confidence in him.
It bears the signatures of 13 Members of Parliament:
The JVP is gearing up for a 2nd Motion of No Confidence against Min. Musthapha.
According to JVP Leader MP Anura Kumara, the postponement of the elections show the “inefficiency of the subject minister in exercising his powers”.
“Tomorrow (November 24) we as the JVP will table a motion of no confidence against the minister for not exercising his duties in an orderly manner.” – MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake
The Joint Opposition has already tabled a motion, so why another?
MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake says that they are not apprised of the JO’s conditions.
“He (Min. Musthapha) has appointed an appeals committee. The interim injunction shows the appeals committee operated beyond its mandate. He is a President’s Counsel. So issuing a gazette was done purposely to postpone the elections. This is why we will table a motion of no confidence against him” he said.
The Minister who is currently overseas told News 1st that he has not taken any legal or ethical action.
He said, “I have acted on the advice of the President as an SLFPer and as the Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government.”
Min. Musthapha says that the process was taken forward at all times with advice of the Attorney General.
He told News 1st that the Leader of SLFP, President Maithripala Sirisena had instructed him to hold the election as soon as possible.
However, some say that there are mistakes in the delimitation appeal process, which is a reason why there was an interim injunction order from court.
Minister Musthapha responded to this, saying: “I am stating this clearly, the appeal process was carried out by the legal officials with the advice of the Attorney General. That is why the lawyer appearing on behalf of the Attorney General presented arguments regarding the process we followed.”
“If I have acted with an ulterior motive, if I have committed a mistake the Attorney General would not go to court and say that I have carried out his process in good faith, based on legal provisions. I have been aquitted.” he added.
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