Thursday, 09 April 2015 - 8:25
Update : 19th - A is in line with Constitution
Supreme Court (SC) informs that the 19th Amendment is in line with the constitution and certain sections require a referendum.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe stated that, he is ready to remove those sections.
Update : Thursday, 09 April 2015 - 13:49
Political party leader meeting begins to discuss about 19th amendment debate
A special political party leaders’ meeting is currently being held to decide whether the debate with regard to the 19th Constitutional Amendment is held today in parliament.
The discussion commenced under the patronage of Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa at 10 o’clock this morning.
Today and tomorrow have been already reserved for the debate on the 19th Amendment in the parliament order book.
The proposed 19th Amendment Draft Bill was presented to parliament by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on March 24th.
Later 19 petitions, 5 for the new Amendment and 14 against it were filed with the Supreme Court.
A panel of 3 Supreme Court Judges including Chief Justice K. Sri Pavan, Supreme Court Judge Chandra Ekanayake and Supreme Court Judge Priyasad Depp considered the petitions last Wednesday.
However MEP leader and former minister Dinesh Gunawardana said in parliament yesterday the Supreme Court has not informed its opinion to the Speaker as yet.
Update : Thursday, 09 April 2015 - 13:46
Party leaders convened to discuss on 19th amendment
A special party leaders’ meeting has been called for this morning to decide whether the 19th amendment would be debated in parliament today.
A senior parliamentary spokesman told our news team that arrangements have been made to hold this party leaders’ meeting at about 10 this morning.
The senior spokesman said further that a final decision with regard to this would be taken at this meeting.
The hearing of petitions submitted to the Supreme Court with regard to the draft 19th constitutional amendment act was concluded on 5th this month.
Accordingly the three-member bench of Supreme Court Judges including Chief Justice K. Sripavan had announced that relevant decision would be communicated to the President and the Speaker.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe presented the proposed draft 19th constitutional amendment act on 24th last March.
Nineteen petitions had been filed before the Supreme Court with regard to the draft act.
Out of these five had been filed in favour of the draft act while 14 were against it.
Hearing of these petitions before Supreme Court Judges Chief Justice K. Sripavan, Chandraa Ekanayake and Priyasaad Dep had begun last Wednesday.
Meanwhile holding the debate on the draft 19th constitutional amendment act today and tomorrow has been entered on parliamentary agenda book.
However MEP leader and former Minister Dinesh Gunawardhana said in parliament yesterday the Supreme Court view with regard to the 19th constitutional amendment had so far not been conveyed to the Speaker.