The opposition says a Constitution should be drafted with the country in mind and not in favour of future politicians.
Speaking to media, Parliamentarian Rohana Bandara said that a just and fair Constitution should be formulated with a view of holding a referendum in the future.
MP Bandara said there is a list of pending elections to be held once the country returns to normalcy which includes Provincial Council Elections, since the terms of the Councils have lapsed, a General Election since the current Parliament has lost its mandate and a Presidential Election within the next one and a half years.
The Parliamentarian said the public’s stance on the new Constitution can be gauged without any additional costs through the same ballot during one such election. He said the opposition is against the draft Constitutional Amendments being brought forward without any essential amendments which are required for the future of the nation. MP Bandara questioned how many Constitutional Amendments will be brought forwards adding the country is already at the 21st Amendment. He said future Constitutional Amendments may depend on the future Head of State, for their advantage adding the country should not allow for the prevailing crisis to re-occur in the future. The MP said their need and responsibility are to transform the proposed 21st Amendment to the Constitution to address the prevailing crisis and any potential issue which could arise in the future adding that his faction was the first party to call for the 21st Amendment.