Two thirds majority not necessary – Vasu
By Tharindu Prematillake
Mar 28, 2010
It is not necessary to get a two thirds majority to change the current electoral system, according to UPFA Ratnapura District candidate Vasudeva Nanayakkara.

He explained, “Two thirds will make it convenient and indisputable. Otherwise, we would have to rely on the voting majority, which exceeds that of J.R. Jayewardene who formed the Constituent Assembly in 1978.

We could assign to ourselves the mandate on the footing of the percentage of the majority that we will achieve. If it exceeds that of the 77 regime, thereafter, we could rightly call for a constituent assembly on the basic interpretation of the law that political and natural justice requires us to unlock the constitutional imbroglio, which we are presently caught up in.”

Nanayakkara said that he has discussed this issue with the President and is ready to make legal submissions to court, if the government doesn’t get a two thirds majority, but gets a higher percentage of votes than what J.R. Jayewardene’s government received in 1977.

“This is the right of the people, we always have to respect the voice of the people, if a higher percentage of voters give their nod to the new government, then it will show their desire to change the current constitution,” he said.

Courtesy: Nation