Written by Staff Writer
27 Dec, 2018 | 10:23 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st): ‘The Island’ newspaper has reported that three lawmakers of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), will soon give up their foreign citizenship to contest the next parliamentary polls. As per the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, dual citizens cannot contest parliamentary elections, presidential elections, or function as an MP in the current Parliament.
The article quoted a senior TNA official saying that a decision had been made after UPFA Galle District MP Geetha Kumarasinghe lost her parliamentary seat in early November 2017 for being a dual citizen.
According to the article, the TNA official has said that the three MPs would relinquish their foreign citizenship early-on in 2019. When News 1st contacted TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran, he said: “As far as I am aware, there are no dual nationals in the TNA”.
Speaking on the matter, UPFA MP Indika Anuruddha stated that MP M.A. Sumanthiran also has issues with citizenship and that it will “pop up in the coming days”.
“Sumanthiran and the clan have undermined the legislature. We should get ready to go to courts to check whether this government has a majority,” he said.
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