SC: 20A inconsistent with Constitution

Published : 8:55 am  September 20, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (157) reads | 
  • Says needs 2/3 majority in Parliament & a referendum 

 

LATE-CITY-DM-1-9By Yohan Perera and Ajith Siriwardana

The Supreme Court has determined that certain sections of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution were inconsistent with the Constitution.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, who made an announcement on the determination of Supreme Court yesterday said Clauses 2,3 and 4 of the 20th Amendment Bill were inconsistent with Articles 3, 4, 12(1) and 14(1) of the Constitution. 


He said the court had determined that the Bill should become law only if it was passed by a two thirds majority (Including those not present) and at referendum and by a certificate endorsed thereon by the President in accordance with Article 80 of the Constitution.
The 29th Amendment sought to hold elections to all nine Provincial Councils on the same day. 


Accordingly the Bill was to provide provisions to postpone elections to some Provincial Councils and to hold the polls for few Provincial Councils before their terms ended.