The voting of the Parliament on the 22nd Constitutional Amendment – which is an extremely important moment in the country’s politics – was held yesterday (21) afternoon and only 180 Members of Parliament participated in it,
Accordingly, 44 MPs had not participated. They are 26 MPs from the ruling party, 13 from the opposition and 5 independent MPs.
The office of the chief organizer of the ruling party said that 11 of the members of the ruling party are currently abroad, so they could not come to cast their votes. They are the chief organizer of the ruling party, Prasanna Ranatunga, Mahinda Amaraweera, Pramita Thennakone, Siripala Gamlath, Anuradha Jayaratne, Sita Arambepola, Rohitha Abeygunawardena, Dhammika Perera, SMM Musharraf, Pradeep Undugoda and Nipuna Ranawaka.
It is also stated that the MPs representing the ruling party, Jayantha Weerasinghe, Sahan Pradeep Withana, Wimalaweera Dissanayake and Janaka Bandara Thennakoon did not come to the vote due to illness.
Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sanath Nishantha, Johnston Fernando, Sanjeeva Edirimanna, Sagara Kariyawasam, Pavitra Vanniarachchi, Jayantha Katagoda, Gamini Lokage and Professor Ranjith Bandara did not come to cast their votes without giving any such reasonable reasons.
The opposition MPs who did not turn up to vote yesterday are R Sampandan, Abdul Halim, Vadivel Suresh, Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam, Selvarasa Gajendran, Hector Appuhami, Su Noharadalingam, P Velukumar, SM Marikkar, Hesha Withanage, MA Sumandhiran, Rasamanikkam Shanakian and Thavarasa Kalasan. Members of Parliament. Some of them were abroad.
Prof. GL Peiris, Upul Galappatti, Shan Wijayalal de Silva representing Mr. Dallas Alahapperuma’s independent group and Prof. Tissa Vitharana representing Wimal Weerawansa’s coalition were also not present to vote.