July 31, Colombo: A Committee has been appointed in Sri Lanka to draft an amendment to the Constitution to limit the powers of the executive president and reinstate the 17th Amendment with further amendments, and to completely eliminate the preferential vote system.
The Committee will be headed by the former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva, Ceylon Today reported.
The amended Constitution will strengthen the positions of the Prime Minister, ministers and powers granted to the Parliament.
Further the amended constitution will strengthen the independent Public Service Commission, Elections Commission, Judicial Service Commission and the National Police Commission as included in the 17th Amendment.
The former chief justice has told local media that the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) Parliamentarian, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera has handed over him the responsibility of the task.
"I am working independently using my experience. After I have completed the draft, it will go to another group of intellectuals to get some feedback," Silva was quoted as saying.
He has added that the committee is an effort to lessen the unlimited powers given to the President under the present Constitution.
According to the former CJ, after the upcoming Uva Provincial Council election is over, the Committee will hand its report to the President expecting him to implement the amendments it made to the Constitution. Fernando to discuss the matter. However, the latter had not attended the discussion.