Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said while signing the bill that the 21st constitutional amendment, which includes several other provisions including preventing people with dual citizenship from coming to parliament, will be enforced from yesterday – the 31st.
“Today, we officially enacted the 22nd Constitutional Amendment, which was recently approved by the Parliament, as the 21st Constitutional Amendment. From today, that constitution will be the 21st Constitutional Amendment. We hope to take the necessary steps in the near future.” After giving his certificate to the draft, the speaker said to the media.
Accordingly, he also stated that the appointment of commissions and several related duties will be done together with the President, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition to re-establish independent commissions.
The 22nd Constitution Amendment Bill was presented to the Parliament by the Minister of Judicial Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reform Dr. Wijayadasa Rajapaksa on August 10, and the second reading debate on the amendment bill was held on the 20th and 21st of last month.
The second reading debate on the twenty-second constitutional amendment bill was held on the 20th and 21st of last month.
At the end of the second reading, 179 votes were cast in favor of the bill and only one vote was cast against it.
After that, in the third reading vote held after adding the amendments at the time of the committee, 174 votes were in favor and 174 votes were against.