COLOMBO (NewsRadio); Day two of the debate on the Second Reading of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution is scheduled to get underway in Parliament this morning.
Parliament is due to convene at 9.30am.
Minister of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reforms Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe presented the Second Reading of the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution in Parliament yesterday.
Speaking during the debate, Minister Rajapakshe noted that the proposed amendment has progressive clauses that have been formulated by including provisions of the 19th and 20th Amendments.
The Justice Minister noted that the general public has been requesting for an amendment and therefore they have presented the Bill.
He expected all Members of Parliament to support the Bill when it is taken up for a vote later today.
A vote on the Bill is scheduled to take place at around 5.30pm.
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.