Rectify error of postponing PC polls: Wijeyadasa to Speaker

2017-11-13 23:24:21

MP Wijedasa Rajapakshe today has in a letter dated November 11 requested Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to abolish the Constitutional Assembly and take steps to rectify the error made by Parliament to postpone the provincial council elections by violating the Supreme Court verdict.

The former minister in his letter said the decision to appoint a constitutional assembly on March 9 2016 was illegal.

He the people had not given a mandate to set up a constitutional assembly because no party had secured a majority at the 2015 general elections. “The traditional concept adopted by the whole world is that pledges given by a political party at an election does not hold true when that party had not secured a majority in the legislature," he said.

Mr. Rajapakshe said a new constitution has to be approved by the people at a referendum and by a two-thirds majority in Parliament taking into account the MPs who were absent during the voting and that it was not possible to form another institution to exercise legislative powers under Section 76 of the Constitution.

He said it was possible to appoint a select committee if the legislature requires assistance of such a committee under Standing Order 94. However, he said it only provides provisions to appoint a special select committee comprising MPs with expertise on a particular sector pertaining to the drafting of the document.

Mr. Rajapakshe recalled that the Sirimavo Bandaranaike government had to appoint a committee which had no connection to the legislature to draft the Republican Constitution because there was provision to set up another body with legislative powers. He also said the 1978 Constitution was presented to Parliament because of the same reason.

"The people expected the government to follow a transparent process in enacting a new constitution but what had taken place today is that a number of NGOs, international advisers and pro-federalism idealists held the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly to ransom," Mr. Rajapakshe said in his letter to the Speaker.

Referring to the 20th Amendment, he said it was passed in Parliament by neglecting the Supreme Court verdict that the amendment could be approved only through a special majority in the House and through a referendum.

"You have the power to rectify matters whenever wrong decisions are made by the legislature and therefore it is your responsibility to do so. If not it is you who will be held responsible in the event of an unrest," Mr. Rajapakshe said. (Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana)

  Comments - 7

  • Colour Changer. Monday, 13 November 2017 22:33


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    Colour Changer. Monday, 13 November 2017 22:35


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    Gos Tuesday, 14 November 2017 09:36

    Karu to rectify error ?? Never ever, 'cos he is Ranilan's poodle obeying every word dot comma and the slightest body language by his Supreme Leader, Rnilan the PM !!!

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    Priya Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:28

    You have to ask this question from Speaker when you are with government as a senior Minister, not now. That period as a Buddha Saasana Emathie you said this is not a Buddhist country. Don't try to make drama.

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    Ganesh Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:37

    Thank God you were made to leave the cabinet because now every one of us is able to see your colour and your educational qualification and your behavior is not in conformity with each other so your phd is also doubtful .

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    ceylon Tuesday, 14 November 2017 13:15

    as justice minister you work there as a cleark.didnt do any justice.niw talki g nonscence. via DM Android App

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    ralahamy Wednesday, 15 November 2017 07:12

    At last we hear the sound of the mouse. He has collected enough courage to make a noise, after being exposed as chameleon, displaying green while all the while he is under the maroon shawl of his master. You are exposed for good.

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