Jan 01, 2020

Wijayadasa proposes reduction of ministers by president taking on ministries! Featured

UNP-MP Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa has submitted two private member bills for the amendment of the constitution to reverse some of the powers that were taken away from the President through the 19th Amendment.

The two bills have been presented as the 21st and 22nd Constitutional Amendment Bills.

Accordingly, the President should hold the post of Defence Minister and other ministries too could be held by the President.

According to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the number of deputy ministers and non-cabinet ministers should not exceed 40. But, according to the proposal presented by Wijayadasa Rajapaksa, the number of deputy and non-cabinet ministers should not exceed 30.

Further, according to the provisions of the 19th Amendment, the Supreme Court and Appeals Court judges should be appointed upon the approval of the Constitutional Council.

However, according to Wijayadasa’s proposals, the President has the power to appoint the Supreme Court and Appeals Court judges based on the consent of the Chief Justice.

Further, according to Wijayadasa’s proposals the appointments of the Attorney General, IGP, Ombudsman and Parliament Secretary would be removed from the Constitutional Council. Accordingly, these appointments could be made by the President in consultation with the Prime Minister.

In addition, Wijayadasa proposes through the 21st Amendment that all political parties need over 1/8th of the total votes in order to appoint an MP for the relevant electorate. According to the existing provisions, a party loses its opportunity to appoint a representative for a relevant electorate if they have failed to secure over 1/20th of the total votes.

Wijayadasa Rajapaksa had presented the two proposed bills on December 27th.