Oct 20, 2020

20A : Speaker presents SC determination in parliament

The Supreme Court (SC) has determined that some clauses of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution are inconsistent with the Constitution.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana who had received the determination of the court, presented it to Parliament today (20).

The Speaker says the SC has determined that certain clauses of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution require to be passed with an absolute majority in Parliament and at a public referendum.

“Clauses (03) (05) (04) & (22) in their present form are inconsistent with Article (03) read with Article (04) of the constitution and therefore require approval by the people at a referendum by virtue of the provisions of Article (83),” he said.

Despite inconsistencies in certain clauses of the proposed 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the legislation can be approved without a referendum, if such articles are amended at the Committee Stage, he has added.

“Such inconsistency in clauses (03) & (14) would ease by amending in accordance with the proposed committee stage amendments and inconsistency in clause (05) would cease, if clause (05) is suitably amended as specified in the determination,” he had added.