Petitions against 20A: SLPP to act as intermediary

2020-09-28 at 18:00

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna has decided to act as an intermediary in the petitions filed challenging the draft bill of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

Chairman of the SLPP Minister Prof GL Peiris speaking at a media briefing said party attorneys will do the needful tomorrow.

The Minister said the petitions against the draft bill will be taken up for consideration before a five members Supreme Court bench, headed by the Chief Justice, tomorrow.

The draft bill was presented in Parliament on the 22nd of September. Minister Peiris said according to the Constitution the petitions will be considered while the Supreme Court determiniation will thereafter be directed to the President, Prime Minister and Speaker of House within three weeks, dated the 12th of October.

He claimed that Parliament will then carry forward with the second reading and committee stage proceedings of the draft bill of the 20th Amendment.

Minister Peiris also stated the government hopes to table a rough draft of a new Constitution in Parliament in six months.

He said several Opposition members have expressed their willingness to support the draft bill, adding the process will be completed promptly.

The Minister added the government is dedicated to formulating a wholesome new Constitution, adding that a nine member committee has also been appointed to look into the process.

He said their recommendations will be considered when compiling a new Constitution.