SJB presents additional proposals

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Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) has submitted several proposals to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe pertaining to the 21st Amendment of the Constitution presented by Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, yesterday (30).

The proposals included the Provision of prohibiting the President from holding ministries.

“SJB has received legal advice that a referendum is not required for the amendment as it was in force at the time of the election of the current President. We propose that provisions be made to appoint other members of the Monetary Board in addition to the Governor of the Central Bank on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council,” the SJB cited.

The proposals cited that the establishment of a National Priorities and Evaluation Commission as an independent commission to evaluate and issue recommendations on development projects that should be prioritised. The members of the commission must be appointed by the Constitutional Council.

“All office bearers in significant positions in the country, including the President, Prime Minister, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MPs, Provincial Councillors and Governors must mandatorily submit declarations of assets and liabilities.”

Furthermore, it was proposed to include provisions to formulate a legal framework in the event of individuals failing to declare their assets and liabilities or provide falsified information.

By Nabiya Vaffoor