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SC approves 20A

Needs only two thirds majority :
Inconsistency in Clauses 3,14: Committee Stage amendments proposed:

The Supreme Court determined that the bill titled ‘Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution’ could be passed in Parliament with a two thirds majority without a referendum provided that inconsistencies in four Clauses with the Constitution are amended.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announcing the Supreme Court determination in Parliament yesterday said: “I wish to announce that I have received the determination of the Supreme Court in respect of the Bill titled ‘Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution’ which has been challenged in the Supreme Court in terms of Article 121 (1) of the Constitution.

“The Supreme Court has determined that the Bill complies with the provisions of the Article 82 (1) of the Constitution and requires to be passed by a special majority specified in Article 82 (5) of the Constitution; Clauses 3,5,14 and 22 in their present form are inconsistent with the Article 3 read with Article 4 of the Constitution and therefore require approval by the people at a referendum by virtue of the provisions of Article 83.

“However, such inconsistency in Clauses 3 and 14 would cease by amending in accordance with the proposed committee stage amendments and the inconsistency in Clause 5 would cease, if Clause 5 is suitably amended as specified in the determination.

“I order that the determination of the Supreme Court be printed in the official report of today’s proceedings.”

Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella inquired if the members will get the Supreme Court approved amendments to which the Speaker answered in the affirmative. He added that they should have already kept it on their desks.