19th Amendment opposed by crook politicians!

President calls for unanimous passage of 19A

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1191258321feaPresident Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appealed to all political parties represented in parliament to vote for the 19 Amendment to the Constitution. The President emphasized the importance enacting the 19 Amendment in accordance with the ruling given by the Supreme Court recently. The President was addressing the nation on television to mark his government completing 100 days in power.

The following is the full text of the statement released by the President’s Office last night: “On this occasion that marks 100 days since my election as President, I think it is proper that I address you as your first servant, appointed by you. Following the results of the Presidential Election on January 8 this year, you gave me the opportunity of being sworn in as the Head of State or President of this country.

In the 100 days since then, we have as a new government, taken many important steps with regard to the country’s economy, politics, development and international relations…………….  read more 

Catholic Bishops call for passing of 19A

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The Catholic Bishops’ Conference has reiterated its support for immediate curtailment of dictatorial features in the Constitution by enacting the 19 Amendment to the Constitution.

The following is the full text of the statement issued by the Catholic Bishops’s Conference: “The 19th Amendment to the Constitution is a step in the right direction in the effort of Mother Lanka as it attempts to curtail the unlimited powers of the Executive Presidency and to ensure that democratic structures for Good Governance are established………………….  read more 

SLFP Central Committee Decides to Support 19th Amendment

In a surprise move, the SLFP’s Central Committee unanimously agreed to support the 19th Amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution, a project close to Sirisena’s heart. Previously, the Central Committee had insisted that the 19 th. Amendment (which reduces the powers of the Executive President and establishes systems to depoliticize the administration) should go hand in hand with the 20 th. Amendment to change the electoral system………………..   read more 

An Earnest Request To The Sri Lankan Parliamentarians

The same manifesto also pledged to: … … abolish the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and replace it with the establishment of independent Commissions in order to secure the impartiality of institutions such as the judiciary, police, elections, auditing and the office of the Attorney-General (p.16). These far-reaching constitutional reforms are fundamentally vital for ‘good governance’ the people of Sri Lanka rightfully deserve.

We recognise that the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution will abrogate the 18th Amendment, and enable the establishment of Constitutional Council and other Independent Commissions. The Amendment also upholds proper procedures for making judicial appointments and recognises the ‘Right of access to information’ held by the government………………..  read all

TULF suggests Bill of Rights With 19A and 20A

Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) General Secretary and former Parliamentarian V. Anandasangaree has suggested the government to consider including the Bill of Rights in the South African Constitution, into Sri Lanka’s Constitution, along with the 19th and 20th Amendments……….. READ ALL