19th Amendment expected to sail smooth

1c02df27d352caf7b0780fd631512bf4_LPresident Sirisena’s 100-Day program

With Parliament set to meet on Tuesday (January 20) for the first time since the conclusion of the presidential election, the process of abolishing the ‘authoritarian’ executive presidential system, one of the main campaign pledges of President Maithripala Sirisena, is set to commence this week.

“All the commissions which existed under the former government acted according to the whims and fancies of the former President. He exploited the powers given to him under the executive Presidency. Therefore the commissions were never able to deliver the expected outcome.” he expressed.

Rajapakse also pointed out that they are in the process of drafting the Constitution by making necessary amendments to the Constitution to enable the commissions to act independently.

“Bribery commission will function the same way, but with several changes to ensure justice is done. We assure that the commission functions independently.” he added.

He further said the fact that they are quite confident that they will be able to stick to the time frame given by the 100-day program. “As we are in the process of drafting the mechanism we can assure that everything will happen as promised.” he said.

Commissions include the Judicial Services Commission, Public Services Commission, National Police Commission, Elections Commission, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption and Human Rights Commission.

Going by the promises made under the 100 day program, a special Commission is scheduled to be appointed on February 5 to investigate allegations while an independent commission will be established by February 18.

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