Friday, 6th August 2021

President asks UPFA MP’s for referendum to seek public opinion

British Asia News Network

Sri Lanka: President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have asked for the public opinion on the conduct of a referendum on the dissolution of Parliament, in case the Supreme Court rules out.

MPs Wimal Weerawansa and Vasudeva Nanayakkara of the parliamentary group the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said that a referendum would be appropriate at this time to seek public opinion on the dissolution of Parliament.

According to the Constitution, the President has the power to refer any matter of national importance, in his opinion, to people by referendum. However, the verdict of people at a referendum is not legally binding. 

The President, however, did not commit to call for a referendum. Instead, he asked these MPs to create public opinion in this regard.

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