Nov 16, 2018

How the Speaker conducted the NCM vote (Video)

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today (16) informed in parliament that the No Confidence Motion against Mahinda Rajapaksa has been passed.

Regardless of the chaos initiated by UPFA MPs, who continued to hurl objects at the human barrier of policemen protecting the Speaker and the Sergeant at Arms carrying the Mace, the Speaker conducted a sitting from a makeshift bench on the aisle of the chamber. His microphone worked and the Hansard had recorded all of it.

Standing orders were suspended by majority vote while the no confidence motion against Mr. Rajapaksa passed on Wednesday was tabled again with first clause deleted.

The Speaker called for order so he could take a vote by name. Since JO MPs did not heed him, he took a voice vote. "The Ayes have it", the Speaker had declared shortly before he adjourned the session and was escorted outside.

Video footage of how the Speaker took the vote is shown below :

(Footage : TV Derana)

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