20A passed in Parliament in third reading with a two-thirds majority

20A passed in Parliament in third reading with a two-thirds majority

22 October 2020 10:47 pm

The 20th Amendment to the Constitution has been passed in Parliament with a two thirds majority at the third reading, securing 91 more votes, conclusively 156 votes total.

A number of amendments was added from the Ruling Party in the third reading and was approved in Parliament, whereas all amendments tabled by the Opposition were ruled out with a majority's vote. 

65 votes were cast in opposition to the new constitutional amendment, and eight members of the Opposition cast their vote in favour. 

It was also noteworthy that a group of MPs including former President Sirisena was not present in Parliament at the time of voting.

MIAP