19th Amendment to come into force from April 30

19th Amendment to come into force from April 30

April 29, 2015   03:07 pm

The 19th Amendment to the Constitution will come into force from April 30, except for 4 articles which will come into force in the next Parliament, Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapaksa told Ada Derana.

He stated that four articles pertaining to making appointments to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) will come into affect only after the next General Election.

The reason for this, he explained, is due to the fact that appointments have already been made to that commission.

The Minister made these comments during an exclusive interview on Derana 24X7.

Parliament on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to pass the constitutional amendment, in the biggest moderation of the system introduced 37 years ago.  

The bill needed two-thirds of the votes in the 225-member Parliament and 212 lawmakers voted in its favor with only one voting against. One lawmaker abstained and 10 others were absent.


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