NMSJ claims 20th Amendment would mislead public
The National Movement for Social Justice (NMSJ) claimed that views expressed by Minister of Education, Professor G.L. Peiris concerning the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution Bill, to the effect that the mooted Bill would retain most of the progressive clauses in the 19th Amendment, would mislead the public.
‘This is further from the truth. He says that the new Bill would strengthen the democratic form of governance. But we are of the view that its Clauses will be detrimental to the democratic way of ruling. The Bill mooted by the Government paves the way for the creation of a dictatorial President who would not be held accountable for his actions either by the Judiciary or Parliament. The proposed Bill, if ratified, will signal the death knell to the democratic way of governance, especially to the independence of the Judiciary and Parliament. We urge the public to be wary of deceiving and misleading statements made by Peiris concerning the proposed 20th Amendment and to act accordingly,’ NMSJ Media Spokesman Sunil Jayasekara said.