Referendum required for Ketagoda’s Bill: AG



The Attorney General has informed the Supreme Court that the clauses in the Private Members’ Bill submitted by SLPP MP Jayantha Ketagoda to amend the law to empower the subject minister to recall Local Government Institutions for a time period he desires, violate the Constitution.

An Additional Solicitor General (ASG) appearing for the Attorney General informed that if the Bill is to be passed, it should receive a special majority in Parliament followed by a referendum.

The ASG made the announcement in court when 27 petitions filed in the Supreme Court seeking an order against the Private Member’s Bill of MP Ketagoda were called up for examination yesterday (24).

Meanwhile, the petitions filed seeking a ruling that the people’s Fundamental Rights were violated when the Local Government Elections were not held as planned on March 9, were postponed to July 26 for consideration.

These petitions were filed by the Jathika Jana Balawegaya and the People’s Action for Free and Fair Elections (Paffrel).

The petitions were to be examined before a five-judge bench led by Justice Buvaneka Aluvihare.

However, the consideration of the petitions was postponed as Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, a member of the bench, was attending a separate legal matter.

(Source: Newsfirst)


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