UNP members not sworn in
Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara yesterday rejected a request made by UNP
to allow three of its members to take oaths as new MPs. He further said
that Parliament had been summoned only to extend the Emergency
Regulations and no other business could be permitted.
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that the three
UNP members should be allowed to take their oaths as new MPs in
accordance with Parliamentary traditions.
He explained that the Elections Commissioner has already gazetted
three vacancies and the three new MPs must be permitted to take their
Meanwhile, Leader of the House and Healthcare and Nutrition Minister
Nimal Siripala de Silva said the only business of the House was for the
specific purpose of extending the state of Emergency once the House was
re-convened after dissolution according to the Attorney General’s
“There is no provision in the Constitution for any other business.
You may interpret it as a constitutional lapse, but we cannot change
it now,” he said.
Export Development and International Trade Minister Prof. G. L.
Peiris said “Parliament was summoned to meet yesterday for the specific
purpose of extending Emergency regulations. No other business would take
place on such a day,” he said.
SLMC Leader Rauff Hakim said if these UNP members are not allowed to
take their oaths, it will be a serious travesty for the justice since it
has been already gazetted by the Elections Commissioner.