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Proposed 18th Amendment is grave threat to democracy and good governance-National Christian Coun...

Sep 6, 2010 3:39:18 PM- transcurrents.com

by National Christian Council

The National Christian Council views the proposed 18th Amendment to the Constitution as a grave threat to democracy and good governance in our country.

We are deeply concerned at the way this Bill is being rushed through as an urgent Bill. No amendment to the Constitution should ever be passed in this manner without proper discussion and debate. The removal of the two term limit on anyone holding the office of President is a very dangerous change for the future. Whoever ascends to that high office will then be confound with a concentration of power that will be difficult to reverse when alarmed particularly in the context of immunity. This is also against the mandate granted by the people to abolish executive presidency itself or at least to reduce the powers of the President upon Mahinda Chinthana and Mahinda Chinthana II.

We also find that the checks and balances and the safeguards brought in by the 17th Amendment to the Constitution through a process of consensus is being largely removed. The independence of the commissions and high posts is severely undermined. We think that the separation of powers between the executive, legislative and the judiciary should be strictly maintained in preserving democracy and to move forward as a country utilizing the opportunities that we have to meaningfully enhance peace and reconciliation.

We assure the people of our land of our constant prayers for all God’s blessings for the welfare of the nation.

Signed by

Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel S. Thiagarajah, Chairperson of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka, Bishop of Jaffna Diocese, Church of South India
Rev. Dr. A.W. Jebanesan, President – Methodist Church in Sri Lanka
Rt. Rev. Duleep de Chickera, Bishop of Colombo, Church of Ceylon Diocese of Colombo
Rt. Rev. Kumara Illangasinghe, Metropolitans Commissary, Vicar General , Diocese of Kurunegala
Rev. Saman Perera, Presbyterian Church,
Rev. Kingsley Perera, President, Sri Lanka Baptist Sangamaya,
Colonel Lalzamlova, Territorial Commander, The Salvation Army,
Rev. Charles Jansz, President, Christian Reformed Church

The NCC also represents the following Ecumenical Organizations-
Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)
Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)
Student Christian Movement (SCM)
Ceylon Bible Society
Christian Literature Society