Feb 19, 2018

'If crossovers weren’t possible, country wouldn’t face such a dilemma’

Had the paragraph that existed until the reading of the 19th amendment, preventing any candidate from switching from a party that he had been elected, to another party, disregarding the people’s vote, not been removed, this country would not be in this predicament, said JVP- MP Vijitha Herath. He noted that that paragraph that had been removed, specified that in the event an elected candidate switches sides after winning, he/she would lose their seat.

He said this in parliament today, during the debate on the code of conduct for MPs and revised set of standing orders.

He said as a consequence of that clause being removed, many interesting situations could be witnessed after 4.00 this evening.