Oct 21, 2020

Democratic foundation of SL is threatened - UNP

The United National Party says the 20th Amendment to the Constitution threatens the democratic foundation that Sri Lanka has been built upon.

The UNP therefore has urged all Members of Parliament, including those from the government benches, to vote against or refrain from voting in favour of the 20th Amendment.

The UNP in a statement said, passing of the 20th Amendment will allow for a precedent to be set which will threaten the inherent rights of the country, including ensuring Buddhism the foremost place in the country.

The UNP said it is gravely concerned by the government’s decision to continue with the presentation of the 20th Amendment to Parliament, and the subsequent debate, despite the Supreme Court’s determination that several clauses of this amendment require a referendum by the people.

It said, the clauses included in the amendment have not been presented to the Parliamentary Select Committee prior to the debate.

The statement issued by the UNP notes the independence of the judiciary, an independent Election Commission which protects the public’s franchise and the necessity to have a competent and independent Auditor-General are all part of our country’s Constitution and therefore should be protected.

The UNP while also opposing the decision by the government to permit dual citizens to enter Parliament, requested the sitting MPs to reject the proposed Constitutional Amendment.