(Lanka e News - 28.Oct.2018, 11.30PM) Against the backdrop of multiple constitutional arguments that have been made for and against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to appoint Mahinda Rajapaksa MP to the office of Prime Minister, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) wishes to remind the public and other stakeholders that the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka is the highest body exercising “jurisdiction in respect of constitutional matters” [Art. 118(a) - Constitution].
Whilst we await the petitioning and determination of the Supreme Court, TISL wishes to state that it is imperative that parliament is convened immediately to resolve the political instability that has arisen. TISL is concerned that the prorogation of parliament until 16th November has created a climate that is ripe for political horse-trading leading to the corruption of the people’s mandate.
TISL Executive Director Asoka Obeyesekere said, “In the context of the prevailing political culture and past experiences, closing the doors of parliament to enable deal making has already led to allegations of monetary inducements for loyalty. This will further undermine public trust and the mandate of good governance which President Sirisena pledged to uphold in his address to the nation on Sunday”.
Obeyesekere added, “Given the atmosphere of uncertainty that has currently engulfed the political systems of the country, it is of utmost importance that parliament as the apex representative of the people, should be given the opportunity to be open and accountable to the public”.
All parties must recognize that “sovereignty is in the people and is inalienable” (Art. 3 – Constitution). TISL calls on all political stakeholders of the country to protect democracy and resolve this crisis in the best interests of the people, upholding the spirit of transparency and accountability.
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