The adoption of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, which introduces a new electoral system to correct the erroneous current system is a responsibility to be fulfilled in this era, says President Maithripala Sirisena.
Any action to destroy it, reverse it or prevent will be considered as an act against the people, he added.
The President was addressing the rally ‘Abolish Preferential System – Make 20A a Reality’ organized by Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to educate people about the need of passing the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, held at Viharamahadevi Park today (June 8).
The President also said passing of the 20th Amendment is a great service to the people. “Politicians should present their opinions on this to the public within next few days,” he said.
“If this current electoral system continues for few more years, the arena of politics will allow only businessmen who spend money and win elections and enter Parliament instead of educated persons with knowledge of politics who have true desire to fulfill the aspirations of the people”, the President further stated.
The House has been cast with a dark shadow as the preferential electoral system allows only the people with money to enter the Parliament, he said.
President Sirisena also pointed out what people endorsed at the Presidential election on January 8 was the programme that promised not only abolishing of the Executive Presidency but also establishing a new electoral system.
He added that the fight against the Executive Presidency which lasted for 37years ended with a substantial victory by passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in the Parliament.
In order to fulfill the aspirations of the people it is essential to adopt not only the 19th Amendment, but also the 20th Amendment to change the electoral system, the President emphasized.