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Sri Lanka govt to abolish independent commissions and reconstitute the Constitutional Council

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has expressed an urgent need to reconstitute the Constitutional Council (CC) and has dismissed impendent institutions under the 19th Amendment as “deeply flawed” underlining their plans to pass the 20th Amendment as soon as possible, reports Daily Mirror.

Speaking to reporters at the SLPP head office, Chairman Prof. G.L. Peiris has said the Government expects to address what he termed as “shortcomings” in the 19th Amendment, such as the membership of the CC and has hinted that the new amendment would do away with the dual citizenship prohibition in the 19th Amendment.

“The independent commissions are deeply flawed. There are lot of shortcomings and they need to be addressed. I do not think these commissions are independent and I firmly believe they were formed to imprison the Rajapaksas,” he has said.

Prof. Peiris has noted that civil society members of CC would not be removed even after the new Government was appointed and said this needed to be rectified as soon as possible. He also repeated his criticism of what he termed as “excessive behaviour” by the members of some commissions.

“Certain Independent Commission members were more political in their behaviour than Parliamentarians ahead of the parliamentary elections. That is not healthy for the country. That needs to be stopped and

Prof. Peiris has noted the Government will bring the 20th Amendment within this year as that was one of the key promises made during the election. According to Prof. Peiris the 20th Amendment will address all shortcomings of the 19th Amendment.

Referring to bringing in a new Constitution, the SLPP Chairman noted that changing the electoral system will be a key change. “This is the time to make changes to the electoral system. We have to make use of of this chance. The current electoral system creates issues and I believe we have to change the electoral system,” he has added.

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