COVID-19 pandemic: NMSJ calls for collective response

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 13 2020

The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) emphasised that as the pandemic situation unfolds with new challenges, it underlines the importance of a collective response involving representation of all political parties, religious leadership, industries and the civil society.

‘The present success of the Government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak as well as the President’s efforts to contain the drug menace has been able to be achieved at a time when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution has been in place. 

The argument for the need of excessive Executive powers for efficiency and effective governance, is an out-of-context abstraction. We request to the Government to reassess the challenges set out by the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution and as clearly stated in the Election manifesto of the ruling Party, to lead to the design of a new Constitution through positive and wide public consultations. 

We suggest to study the precedence for the drafting of a new Constitution with the participation and agreement of all parties. We wish to request you to make use of the existing experience and expertise, in order to design a new Constitution through the means of a white paper and make a wider public and stakeholder consultation. We extend an invitation to all religious leaders, political leaders, and civil society activists to join hands with the Government in this national endeavour towards the designing of a new Constitution to strengthen democracy and uphold the safety and rights of all people, a statement issued by the Movement read. 

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 13 2020

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