Pros and cons of repealing 19A

It is a well-known fact that the government is going to amend the Constitution since the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) had requested the people to grant them a two-thirds majority power in order to do away with the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. However, leaders of the party did not tell the country, before the Presidential election or the Parliamentary election as to what would replace that amendment.   

Therefore, fear is expressed from some quarters of the society that the Constitution could be amended in a manner that would be detrimental to the country and the government might argue that it has a mandate to do anything. Besides, it was the same leaders who brought in the 18th Amendment to the Constitution. Hence, some groups speculate that the independent commissions could be abolished as happened in 2010. Also speculations are rife that the five-year term and the number of tenures of the President might also be changed.

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