‘Shortcomings in Constitution, election laws, hurdles to ethical society’ | Daily News

‘Shortcomings in Constitution, election laws, hurdles to ethical society’

A national ceremony to hand over a set of practical guidelines for the selection of candidates for forthcoming elections was held at the BMICH on Tuesday. The guidelines have been discussed and unanimously agreed upon and approved by the Most Venerable Mahanayake Theras of the three Chapters, Colombo Archbishop Malcolm, Cardinal Ranjith, the Bishop of the Anglican Church and representatives of the Hindu and Muslim religions. Here, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena and forme
A national ceremony to hand over a set of practical guidelines for the selection of candidates for forthcoming elections was held at the BMICH on Tuesday. The guidelines have been discussed and unanimously agreed upon and approved by the Most Venerable Ma

The prevailing legal framework and certain defects and shortcomings in the Constitution and the election laws act as roadblocks in creating a virtuous society, President Maithripala Sirisena said.

Speaking at the national ceremony to hand over the proposed recommendations for a new ethical political culture to all the political leaders at the BMICH on Tuesday, the President said he does not believe in granting additional perks and benefits to politicians as it is an excessive burden on the public coffers.

The President said that he is in complete agreement with the recommendations, which have been prepared in consultation with all religious leaders in the country, adding that steps would be taken to implement these recommendations based on agreement by all political parties represented in Parliament.

This set of guidelines has been prepared by the Task Force on Buddha Sasana headed by Most Venerable Diviyagaha Yasassi Thera.

The function was attended by the Maha Sanga including the Mahanayake of Sri Lanka Amarapura Nikaya, Most Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thera, Anunayake of Amarapura Dhammarakkitha Nikaya, Most Venerable Thrikunamalaye Ananda Thera, and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa and other dignitaries.


 

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