COLOMBO (NewsRadio); The proposed 22nd Amendment to the Constitution is scheduled to be debated on the 6th and 7th of October in Parliament.
The decision was taken during a meeting of the Parliamentary Business Committee this morning.
The meeting was held under the patronage of Speaker of House Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. Accordingly, the committee decided to hold Parliament sitting from the 3rd to the 7th of October.
Monday, the 3rd of October has been allocated for oral questions.
The draft bill of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution was tabled in Parliament in August by Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe after it was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.
The bill aims to annul the 20th Amendment while re-enacting progressive clauses included in the 19th Constitutional Amendment.
Accordingly, changes to the composition of the Constitutional Council, restricting dual citizenship holders from holding public office, new methodology to appoint Cabinet Ministers, among others have been proposed through the new Constitutional Amendment.
President Ranil Wickremesinghe as the then Prime Minister held a number of discussions to obtain views from various political parties to introduce the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court determined that certain clauses of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution are inconsistent with the articles of the Constitution.
According to the determination sent to the Speaker of House, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena the Supreme Court had indicated that certain clauses of the 22nd Constitutional Amendment can be passed only after a special majority in Parliament and a public referendum.
The Supreme Court has however determined that Parliament can pass the amendment without a public referendum, if the said clauses are amended.
Nine petitions were filed before the Supreme Court against the draft of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution that was presented in Parliament by the Minister of Justice.