Supreme Court To Consider Petitions Against 19th Amendment On April 2

Supreme Court is to consider four petitions filed against the 19th Amendment on April 2.

The petitions are filed by Attorney at law Gomin Dayasiri, Udhaya Prabath Gammanpila, Attorney at Law Darshana Weerasekera and L.I. Perera. The petitions argue that the 19th Amendment to the constitution should be approved through a referendum.

The petition filed by Attorney-at-Law Gomin Dayasiri says the amendments to the 70th, 33rd and the 14th statutes contravene the constitution. The Amendment to the 33 rd statute reduces the president to a figurehead, he argues. Meanwhile the amendment to statute 14 is an infringement of fundamental rights, Dayasiri states.

He had requested the court to announce that the powers vested in the president have been decreased in the 19th amendment.

He has also requested court to issue a verdict removing powers to dissolve parliament in one year after the parliamentary elections.

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