Gazette notification on 20A to be released today

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The gazette notification on the 20th Amendment to the Constitution is expected to be released tonight after the special cabinet meeting today finalizes the draft electoral reforms, Cabinet Spokesman, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said yesterday.

Addressing the weekly cabinet news briefing, he said the new Parliament to be formed will comprise of 200 elected members including that from multi seat constituencies and another 25 from the National List and added there will not be a dissolution of Parliament until the 20A was passed in Parliament. .

However, the problem is that many political parties including the minority parties are not in agreement with UNP's proposal to reduce the number of constituencies to 125. We can sort out all these issues and the the composition of the Parliament under the new electoral system when we discuss the Bill at the committee stage,' Minister Senaratne added.

The Minister said the government expected to activate all independent commissions and the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruptions in particular as soon as possible now that the cabinet has given the nod to constitute the Constitutional Council (CC) with already nominated members comprising seven. The other three members that have to be nominated by civil society for the 10 member CC would be nominated after the new government was elected, he said .

Commenting on the No Confidence Motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, he said both would not be taken up for debate during the term of this Parliament.

President Maithripala Sirisena has never supported or opposed the two no confidence motions but has told the opposition to choose between the no confidence motions or the 20th Amendment to the Constitution and added that it was unlikely that the no confidence motion against Mr. Karunanayake would be successful as many of the signatories to the motion were ready to withdraw their signatures.

Commenting on the candidates who had applied to contest the general election under the UPFA flag, Minister Senaratne said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had not sent an application but his son Namal had sent one and he would get a nomination. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
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  • Manel Friday, 12 June 2015 03:01 PM

    Now MARA must be scratching his nut and wondering along with the band old codgers.

    de silva Friday, 12 June 2015 09:00 AM

    If the UNP is trying to be smart in this issue we must teach them a lesson in the coming election.

    Sikuru Friday, 12 June 2015 09:24 AM

    LOL what a mess the MR gang is in the few people that signed the No condifence motion will withdraw their signatures.

    Gamaraala Friday, 12 June 2015 10:03 AM

    Good to see continuation of tactics used by RW to first gazette and then move substantive changes in the committee stage

    Simenthi Friday, 12 June 2015 11:03 AM

    We saw what the difference between the UNP and UPFA, My vote goes to the UNP

    upali Friday, 12 June 2015 11:19 AM

    SLMC, TNA and other minor parties (JVP has not declared any clear idea because they always practice wait and seeprinciple) are opposing this move . So let them to be branded as betrayers as Champika (JHU) mentioned to the media.

    hiranabey Friday, 12 June 2015 12:14 PM

    UNP is my choice for next election. we will see what thacan do>>>

    Saman Perera Friday, 12 June 2015 12:16 PM

    RW plays smart politics and he got the talent, policies all smart people surround his. MR should retire, because he fed drug traffickers, rapists, gold chains thieves to build his dynasty. Our people are most educated people in the world and No longer can’t they be fooled. Please question your- self the way MR had fed his family. Just 3 months before election MR called on 8th Jan 2015, the world petrol price was in lowest $42.00 a barrel. What did he do ? Did he think about how innocent majority of people live in this country. MR please retire and give us back $$ billions you looted from our country.


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