Second reading of 20A commences in Parliament

2020-10-21 at 10:37

The second reading of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution commenced in Parliament this morning.

The debate will take place till 7:30pm today and will resume once again at 10am tomorrow.

At the inception of today’s Parliament sittings Speaker of House Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana informed that amendments expected to be tabled to the draft bill must be presented to the Secretary General of Parliament before 6pm today.

Minister of Justice Ali Sabry tabled a summary of the amendments the government hopes to table pertaining to the 20th Amendment.

The Minister said amendments that are constitutionally unfit will not be included in the draft bill.

If a division is requested on the bill after the debate, a vote will be taken in Parliament.

The bill requires the support of an absolute majority in Parliament to be passed.

The proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution will become a law following the ratification of Parliament and after the signature of the Speaker of House is placed on the amended bill.