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JVP will not let the repeal of 19th Amendment … Vijitha

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Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) former Gampaha District parliamentrarian Vijitha Herath has observed that his party would not allow the repeal of the 19th Amendment to Constitution and would join forces with any Party in the next Parliament to deter any such moves.

He made this observation in an interview with the Daily FT. Herath said:

“The 19th Amendment is a big step in the right direction for democracy in the country. Abolishing the 19th Amendment would mean the country would take a few steps backwards. The 19th Amendment is a big step in the right direction for democracy in the country. Abolishing the 19th Amendment would mean the country would take a few steps backwards.

The 19A has its shortcomings but these can be amended. Abolishing it is out of the question. We will not allow it to happen. The independent commissions that were set up under the 19A have functioned effectively. The National Election Commission (NEC) is a good example of a state institution functioning free of political interference and pressures.

We can see how elections are conducted in a far more peaceful manner with election related violence and malpractices on the decline. It is due to the 19A that the EC has been able to function without politicians exerting pressure on its members. The same can be said about the appointment of members to senior positions including the judiciary. Such appointments were done at the whim and fancy of the President before 19A, but now it goes through the Constitutional Council.

If any moves are made to roll back the gains made towards strengthening democracy in the country under the previous government, his Party will join anyone to fight against them.

In such an instance, we will put aside political differences and fight together. We cannot allow a slide back to a one man show.

We have concerns over the appointment of former military officers as heads of important government institutions. This move has led to disquiet within the state sector employees. Many public sector workers are uneasy and unhappy. This kind of appointments is a threat to the civil administration of the country as well as to democracy in the country.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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