Strip MPs who switch sides of their seats

JVP calls for Truth and Reconciliation Commission to forge national unity

by Zacki Jabbar

The JVP has called for the establishment of an independent domestic Truth and Reconcilation Commission which could provide relief to those affected by the war after ascertaining the truth about their allegations and grievances.

The proposal contained in a 20-point formula calling for immediate socio political reforms was handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week.

The broader objective of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the JVP has emphasised, should be to achieve permanent peace and unity among the various communities in the post war era.

The marxist party has also called for a ban on the practice of humiliating, ridiculing and subjecting people to injustice due to their race, religion or any other reasons. It has asked the government to appoint a Commission Against Discrimination with powers to investigate complaints and take legal action against offenders.

While reiterating the importance of abolishing the executive presidency, the JVP has drawn the government’s attention to the urgent need to safeguard the people’s franchise.

The JVP has said that the unethical practice of MPs changing sides for various considerations should be brought to an end by introducing laws to ensure that they will be deprived of their seats in the event of defecting.

Among the other proposals is a call for the abolition of the provision in the 19th Amendment, which permits an increase in the number of ministers and deputy ministers.

Ministerial subjects, the JVP has stressed, should be determined on a scientific basis through an Act of Parliament.