Voice vote to oust government has irked President

Voice vote to oust government has irked President

President Maithripala Sirisena has said a voice vote would not be an appropriate method, especially while voting on an important motion to change the government.

An All-Party meeting called by President Maithripala Sirisena to discuss the current political crisis was held last evening at the Presidential Secretariat.

According to the President’s Media Division, several political party leaders including Mahinda Rajapaksa and Ranil Wickremesinghe attended the discussion and the meeting lasted for around two hours.

The PMD said an agreement was reached during talks that the party leaders meeting, scheduled for this morning should decide the future proceedings of Parliament, and the Parliamentary session should be conducted peacefully and without any untoward acts.

The President had informed all factions who attended the meeting that he could take a decision on the No Confidence Motion against the government only if a vote is taken by name of the members or by electronic voting.

President Sirisena had claimed that it would be the most accepted method of voting system by the intellectuals and the public of the country as well as internationally. The Head of State has stressed the need for adhering to the standing orders without resorting to a voice vote, while voting on a motion to change the government.

All political parties except the JVP attended yesterday’s meeting. However Speaker Karu Jayasuriya also boycotted the All-party meeting at the Presidential Secretariat.