Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe yesterday stated that adopting the 21st Amendment to the Constitution is of utmost importance in the current context as it will pave the way for political stability which is essential to rebuild the country’s economy.
The Minister was briefing the Most Venerable Dodampahala Chandasiri Mahanayake Thera, the Mahanayake of the Sri Lanka Amarapura Maha Nikaya, on the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution.
The Minister said the Independent Commissions which were part of the 19th Amendment will be re-established and the Procurement Commission and the Audit Commission which were abolished by the 20th Amendment too will be reinstated through the new amendment to the Constitution. He said measures brought in the 20th Amendment had contributed to the prevailing political instability which in turn contributed to the downward spiral of the country’s economy.
He said that the 21st Amendment to the Constitution has been amended in such a way that dual citizens will not be able to obtain a seat in Parliament. The Minister of Justice stated that the Bill is expected to be presented at the Cabinet meeting next Monday.
He said in the next few days, the Most Venerable Mahanayake Theras, leaders of all religions, leaders of political parties and representatives of civil society organizations will be briefed on the Bill.
He said that the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution has been prepared in a manner that it will not need referendum to go through. He said a Parliamentary Committee should be appointed in the future to draft a new Constitution.