Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules clauses of the Port City Economic Commission Bill are inconsistent with the constitution

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has ruled that several clauses of the Port City Economic Commission Bill is contravened to the constitution and therefore required special majority to pass them and in some clauses even required to pass at a referendum.

Parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced the determination by the Supreme Court to Parliament when the session started this morning.

However, clauses in question are amended according to the Supreme Court determination they can be validly passed and inconsistent are ceased, the ruling said.

19 petitions were filed against the bill and 13 intervening petitions in support for it.

The debate on Port City Economic Commission Bill will start tomorrow and it will be held for two days.

A Tweeter thread by lawyer Gehan Gunatilleke on provisions of the Port City Bill that Supreme Court has ruled are inconsistent with the constitution would require a two thirds majority and a referendum to be enacted into law. Here are some of them :

Opposition MP Harsha De Silva tweeted challenging the government as to how it will go about addressing the issue.

Meanwhile a special Cabinet meeting is scheduled to be held at 06:00 pm today (18), as per the instructions of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Government sources have reported that the amendments to the Port City Bill are due to be submitted during this meeting, for approval.

The two-day Parliamentary debate on the Port City Bill is set to begin tomorrow (May 19).

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