Some provisions in SJB’s 21A require referendum

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The Supreme Court has determined that several provisions in the 21st Amendment to the Constitution tabled by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) are inconsistent with the Constitution and will therefore, require a referendum and a special majority, in order to be enacted, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena informed the House yesterday (21). Clause 30(a) of the Bill seeks to limit the judicial power of the people, and therefore is inconsistent with Constitution and as such may be enacted only by the special majority upon being approved by the people at a Referendum.

Clause 39 of the Bill in so far as it seeks to repeal Article 129(1) of the Constitution is inconsistent with the Constitution and as such may be enacted only by the special majority upon being approved by the people at a Referendum.

Clauses 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28 and 36 of the Bill contain provisions inconsistent with the Constitution and as such may be enacted only by the special majority upon being approved by the people at a Referendum.

Clauses 2, 3 and 4 of the Bill are inconsistent with the Constitution and as such may be enacted only by the special majority upon being approved by the people at a Referendum.

BY Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake