Presidential election: Candidate should be a parent to be eligible

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UPFA MP Ananda Aluthgamage in parliament today proposed an amendment to the presidential elections law and accordingly said it should be amended to include a provision that a candidate should be a parent to be eligible to contest such a poll.

“ We all believe that only a Buddhist could become the head of state but it is more important to include a clause in the presidential election laws saying one has to become a parent to be eligible to contest for the presidency,” Mr. Aluthgamage said during the committee stage debate on the budget last evening.

He said only a parent with children could understand the needs of the people.

“Neither the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance or the Minister of Housing and Cultural Affairs will be able to contest if the amendment I suggested is introduced. “However you will be able to contest since you are parent” he told Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne who was at the chambers at that time answering questions raised by the opposition MPs.

“You should try to contest for the presidential elections as you are an eligible candidate since you are a politician with a socialist line of thinking. I will back you if you contest,” he told Dr. Senaratne.

The MP added that he hopes to see Dr. Senaratne coming out of the government soon.(Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

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  • Philip Wednesday, 27 March 2019 08:26 PM

    I would like to propose that only people with a legitimate university degree can contest presidential elections.

    Aney Yako Wednesday, 27 March 2019 08:38 PM

    I would like to propose that one must have at least half a brain to be eligible. How people like this clown get elected is beyond me.

    Azam Wednesday, 27 March 2019 08:52 PM

    Yes we sent them to parliment, we are to be blamed

    Love Sri Lanka Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:51 AM

    WHAT !!!! total discrimination. Not sure he even knows what that is !!!

    Farzan Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:59 AM

    I just recalled his comment on Megapolis... Not commenting anything more...

    The Liberal Thursday, 28 March 2019 09:05 AM

    People like this joker should not be allowed to have kids at all.

    iqbal Thursday, 28 March 2019 01:27 PM

    It is not only presidential candidates we need new laws selecting MPs. Professional qualifications a mandatory to be in parliament


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