The Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms (PRCCR) informed that they plan to arrange a meeting to discuss with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, if the incumbent Kurunegala District MP so agreed to the consultation.

Chairman of the PRCCR, Lal Wijenayake said that the Committee had sought and obtained an extension from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to submit their report by the end of April.

Wickremesinghe informed us that the process concerning the Constitution had to start soon, adding that the discussions in the Parliament in this regard would not commence until the submission of the Committee’s report, he noted.

Wickremesinghe also said that electoral reforms in the form of a 20th Amendment to the Constitution would however be discussed in the time being, he explained.

We will be meeting President Maithripala Sirisena on March 15 and we plan to meet former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunga also, he added.

Till March 31, we will be consulting individuals and organizations we want to meet including all the independent commissions, he remarked.

“We will consult the clergy, judges, professional organizations and bodies, and trade unions. We have received 2,500 personal submissions from those representing large organizations. There have been well over a thousand representations and submissions in the form of electronic mails, faxes, proposals being handed over to the Committee and ones which came through the website,” he said.

He added over 5,000 representations and submissions have been made to the committee so far. “The Organization of Professional Associations is to submit a proposal soon along with the Bar Association of Sri Lanka. The time factor is what is of concern,” Attorney-at-Law Wijenayake mentioned.