Important But Imperfect: Recommendations On The Draft 21st Amendment To The Constitution Bill

By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody –

Ruwan Jayakody

Important but imperfect.

This is how some have described the draft of the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution Bill (the framers of which are Justice and Constitutional Reforms Minister, President’s Counsel Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, and lawyers associated with the latter), which has been presented to the Cabinet of Ministers and the political parties represented in the Parliament, but is yet to be gazetted as it awaits amendments in the form of additions and omissions of text from the aforementioned groups prior to resubmission to the Cabinet for approval.

A lot has been made of the fact that the objective and purpose of the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution is to restore the provisions of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution and to enhance its overall intent (a ‘19/19th plus’ so to speak) which is to curtail the powers of the Executive Presidency, provide for a more democratic mechanism for the process of making apex public appointments, and to improve accountability, financial independence and transparency, and also to repeal the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

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