22A to be tabled in Parliament soon

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The 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which received Cabinet approval, will be gazetted and tabled in Parliament in the coming days, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Reforms, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said.

The Bill is placed on the Order Paper of Parliament seven days after it is published in the Gazette, and no further action is taken.

The Minister said the public is perplexed by the number of Constitutional Amendment Bills. The Minister explained that after the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) presented the 21A Bill to Parliament, he introduced the 22A as a private member’s motion.

The Minister added that after he was appointed as a Minister, the same constitutional amendment was presented to the Cabinet as the Government’s draft. The Minister said the 22A, which he personally tabled, has been withdrawn from Parliament and that the amendment will be presented to Parliament again as a Government Resolution.

Minister Rajapakshe said the amendment bill will be renamed No. 21 and introduced in Parliament during the process. Thus, when the 22A is debated in Parliament for the first time, it will be referred to as the 21st Amendment.

The Minister of Justice said he believes the Opposition’s 21A is impractical, as the Supreme Court ruled that a referendum is required to approve every clause proposed.

By Sahan Tennekoon