Government to Review and Revise 20A
By Thameenah Razeek
While admitting there are shortcomings in the newly proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the Government announced it will review its shortcomings at the committee and present the revised Amendment thereafter.
Co-Cabinet Spokesperson Udaya Gammanpila said yesterday (10), they are aware the 20th Amendment has inadequacies that should be addressed. However, he noted they will not Gazette a new Amendment, but will make sure to hear proposals made regarding the 20th Amendment by academics and professionals.
Previously, Convener of the Federation of National Organisations Dr. Gunadasa Amarasekera urged the President to review the 20th Amendment including the retaining of Article 53 of the Constitution which is meant to ensure that Parliamentarians do not promote or support a separate State. Dr. Amarasekera raised his concerns over Article 53 and claimed that the country was in such a perilous state as a result of the treachery perpetrated by the UNF-led administration, and the Government should be extremely careful of its strategy.
Gammanpila noted that they will have to change the 20th Amendment if needed in order to secure 150 votes to pass the Amendment.
“We are aware that the newly proposed Amendment is not perfect in terms of its content and that is why there is a chance to challenge the Amendment before the Supreme Court,” he said.