Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has said that the people’s franchise revoked by a Clause has again been consolidated by the 18th Constitutional Amendment.
Briefing the media at the weekly Cabinet news briefing, the Minister totally refuted opposition allegations that the President term of office has been extended through this move. It has not been extended. It is the people’s franchise that has been strengthened through the 18th Amendment Citing the old Constitutions, the Minister said that the Late Sirimavo Bandaranaike had served as Prime Minister on three occasions, while Dudley Senanayake served as the Prime Minister on four occasions. At the same time, the Amendment has given more strength to carry forward the country and in this case the people would be the decisive factor. The Minister reminded the nod given by the Supreme Court and it had determined that the Bill should be ratified with a two thirds majority.