SIXTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION
Posted on June 27th, 2012

For years the TNA and its constituent parties have been openly advocating a Tamil Homeland / Eelaam / Self-Determination ….they have been functioning against the 6th amendment to Sri Lanka’s constitution…

SIXTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION

Act No 06 of 1983

AN ACT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF SRI LANKA.
WHEREAS Sri Lanka is a Free, Sovereign, Independent and Unitary State and it is the duty of the State to safeguard, the independence, sovereignty. unity and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka

AND WHEREAS the independence. sovereignty, unity and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka has been threatened by activities of certain persons, political parties and other associations and Organizations :

AND WHEREAS it has become necessary to prohibit such activities and to provide punishments therefor : Now be it therefore enacted by the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as follows :-

[8th August , 1983 ]

Short title. 1. This Act may be cited as the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution.

Amendment or Article 101 or the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic or Sri Lanka. 2. Article 101 of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka (hereinafter. referred t9 as “the Constitution”) is hereby amended in sub-paragraph (h) of paragraph (1) of that Article by the substitution for the words ” by election or otherwise ; and ” , of the words and figures ” by election or otherwise, or where, a recognized political party or independent group has been proscribed under Article 157A.; and.

Insertion of Article 157A in the Constitution. 3. The following Article is hereby inserted after Article 157, and shall have effect as Article 157A , of the Constitution :-

Prohibition against violation of territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. 157A.

(1) No person shall, directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.

 

 

(2) No political party or other association or organization shall have as one of its aims or objects the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.

 

 

(3) Any person who acts in contravention of the provisions of paragraph (1) shall, on conviction by the Court of Appeal, after trial on indictment and according to such procedure as may be prescribed by law, –

(a) be subject to civic disability for such period not exceeding seven years as may be determined by such Court :

 

 

(b) forfeit his movable and immovable property other than such property as is determined by an order of such Court as being necessary for the sustenance of such person and his family ;

 

 

(c) not be entitled to civic rights for such period not exceeding seven years as may be determined by such Court ; and

 

 

(d) if he is a Member of Parliament or 8 person in such service or holding such office as is referred to in paragraph (l) of Article 165, cease to be such Member or to be in such service or to hold such office.

 

(4) Where any political party Of other association or organization has as one of its aims or objects the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka, any person may make an application to the Supreme Court for a declaration that such political party or other association or organization has as one . , of its aims or objects the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka. The Secretary or other officer of such Political party or other association or organisation shall be made a respondent to such application.

 

 

(5) Where the Supreme Court makes a declaration under paragraph (4) in relation to any political party or other association Of organization, in pursuance of an application made to it under that paragraph-

(a) that political party or other association or organisation shall be deemed, for all purposes to be proscribed and any member of such political party or other association or organization who is a Member of Parliament shall be deemed to have vacated his seat in Parliament with effect from the date of such declaration and any nomination paper submitted by such political party or other association or organization shall be deemed for all purposes to be invalid ;

 

(b) any person who holds office or is a member of that political party or other association or organization after the date of such declaration, shall be guilty of an and shall , on conviction, by the Court of Appeal after trial on indictment and according to such procedure as may be prescribed bylaw-

(i) be subject civic disability for such period not exceeding seven years as may be determined by

 

(ii) forfeit his movable and immovable property other than such property as is by an order of such, court as being necessary for the sustenance of such person . and his family;

 

(iii) not be entitled to civic rights. for such period not exceeding seven years may be determined by such court;

 

(iv) if he is a Member of Parliament or a person in such service or holds office referred to in paragraph (1) of Article 165, cease to be such Member Of to be in such service or hold such office.

 

(6) Use execution of any punishment imposed under paragraph (3)or sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph (5) shall be stayed or suspended pending the determination of say appeal against such punishment or the conviction in con-sequence of which such punishment was Imposed.

 

(7) Every officer or person who was or it required by, Article 32 or Article 53, Article 61 of Article 107 or Article 165 or Article 169 (12), to take and subscribe or to make and subscribe an oath or affirmation, every member of, or person in the service of, a local authority, Development Council, Pradeshiya Mandalaya, Gramodaya Mandalaya or public corporation and, every attorney-at-law shall-

(a) if such officer or person is holding office on the date of coming into force of this Article, make and subscribe, or take and subscribe, an oath or affirmation in the form set out in the Seventh Schedule, before such person or body if any, as is referred to in that Article, within one month of the date on which this Article comes into force ;

 

(b) if such person or officer is appointed to such office after the coming into force of this Article, make and subscribe or take and subscribe, an oath or affirmation, in the form set out in the Seventh Schedule, before such person or body, if any, as is referred to in that Article, within one month of his appointment to such office.

 

The provisions of Article 165 and Article 169 (12) shall, mutatis mutandis, apply to, and in relation to, any person or officer who fails to take and subscribe, or make and subscribe, an oath or affirmation as required by this paragraph.

 

(8)

(a) Every person who is a Member of Parliament on the coming into force of this Article shall not be entitled to sit and vote in Parliament unless he takes and subscribes Or makes and subscribes an oath or affirmation in the form set out in the Seventh Schedule.

 

(b) Every person who is elected or nominated as a Member of Parliament on or after the coming into force of this Article shall not be entitled to sit and vote in Parliament unless he makes and subscribes or makes and subscribes an oath or affirmation in the form set out in the Seventh Schedule.

 

(9) No person who has taken and subscribed or made and subscribed an oath or affirmation in the form set out in the Seventh Schedule shall, notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in the Constitution, be required to take and subscribe or make and subscribe any other oath or affirmation required to be taken and subscribed or made and subscribed under the Constitution

 

(10) Parliament may, by resolution, determine such other categories of persons or officers to whom the provisions of paragraph (7) shall apply and thereupon, the provisions of such paragraph shall, mutatis mutandis, apply to, and in relation to, officers or persons of that category.

 

(11) The jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal in respect of its powers under this Article shall be exercised in the manner provided in sub-paragraph (iv) of the proviso to paragraph (2) of Article 146.

 

(12)In this Article, ” civic rights ” means-

(a) the right to obtain a passport ;

 

(b) the right to sit for any public examination ;

 

(c) the right to own any immovable property ;

 

(d) the right to engage in any trade or profession which requires a licence, registration or other authorization, by or under any written law.’.

Amendment of Article 161 of the Constitution. 4. Article 161 of the Constitution is hereby amended in paragraph (d) of that Article as follows :-

(1) in sub-paragraph (iii) of that paragraph, by the substitution, for the words ” to fill such vacancy. Upon receipt of such nomination, the Commissioner “. of the following :-

 

” to fill such vacancy. A nomination .made by the Secretary of such political party under this sub-paragraph shall be accompanied by an oath or affirmation, as the case may be, in the form set out in the Seventh Schedule, taken and subscribed or made and subscribed, as the case may be, by the person nominated to fill such vacancy. Upon the receipt of such nomination, accompanied by such oath or affirmation, the Commissioner ” ;

 

(2) in the proviso to sub-paragraph (iii) of that paragraph by the substitution –

(a) for the words “within thirty days of his being required to do so “, of the following :-“within thirty days of his being required to do so and in the aforesaid manner “

 

(b) for the words ” vacancy, then the Commissioner of Elections”, of the words and figures ” vacancy, or where such political party is deemed to be proscribed under Article 157A, then the Commissioner of Elections” ; and

 

(3) by the addition, immediately after sub-paragraph (iii) of that paragraph, of the following sub-paragraph ;-

” (iv) where a Member nominated 01 elected to fill any such vacancy as is referred to in sub-paragraph (i) or sub-paragraph (ii), being a Member who has taken and subscribed or made and subscribed, an oath or affirmation in the form set out in the Seventh Schedule, directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, supports, espouses, promotes, ‘ finances, encourages or advocates the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka, any person may make an. application to the Court of Appeal for a declaration that such member has directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, supported, espoused, promoted, financed, encouraged or advocated the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.

 

If the Court of Appeal makes, on such application, a declaration that such Member has directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, supported, espoused. promoted, financed, encouraged or advocated the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka, the seat of such Member shall be deemed to be vacant with effect from the date of such declaration and such Member shall be disqualified from sitting and voting in Parliament and from being elected or nominated to Parliament for a period of seven years from the date of such declaration. The vacancy occurring in the membership of Parliament by reason of such ,declaration shall be filled in the manner provided in paragraph (iii).

 

The jurisdiction of the Court of Appeal in respect of its powers under this sub-paragraph shall be exercised in the manner provided in sub-paragraph (i1) of the proviso to paragraph (2) of Article 146.”.

Addition of Seventh Schedule to the Constitution 5. The Constitution is hereby amended by the addition, at the end thereof, of the following Schedule which shall have effect as the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution :-

” SEVENTH SCHEDULE

ARTICLE 157 A AND ARTICLE 161 (d) (iii)

i , …………………………….. do solemnly declare and affirm swear that I will uphold and defend ‘the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and that I will not, directly or indirectly, in or outside Sri Lanka, support, espouse, promote, finance, encourage or advocate the establishment of a separate State within the territory of Sri Lanka.”

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10 Responses to “SIXTH AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Hope the court will give the CORRECT judgement because otherwise we have to take the law into our own hands and that is going to be UGLY.

  2. Kit Athul Says:

    Lorenzo, please calm down. This is the begining there is lot more to come after the verdict.

  3. Dham Says:

    He Lorenzo the king is angry.
    If the court does not give the verdict, they would have to give reasons indicating the loop holes. Then it is the Mharaja’s duty to close the loop holes with his 2/3 majority before it is too late. But according to Stanley that is not going to happen.

    Let us support Jayantha financialy to get this going and the future work as well.

  4. Lorenzo Says:

    Kit,

    I am cool. But if the verdict which is STRAIGHTFORWARD does not recognize the FACTS, then we have to take matters into our own hands.

    Surely we should repeat but there is a limit.

    The ONLY other option is to LET TNA run amok which is not an option.

  5. S de Silva Says:

    There seems to be a conspiracy of ‘deathly silence’ on this critical issue in the Sri Lankan Press (except for Lankaweb) – why???. Is it because of upsetting ‘Killery Hinton’ and ‘Singmohan Man’ – If this is the meek conduct of the Sinhalayas, we fully deserve all the crap thown at us by all the Tamils in the World – may be it is time time to give up and hand the country to Tamil Nadu !- S de silva – London

  6. lingamAndy Says:

    Leela
    What is the court verdict ???

  7. Lorenzo Says:

    The case postponed to 14 September 2012.

    JL asked court to allow him change the FR petition. He asked for 2 weeks, court have him 2 months and 2 weeks!!

  8. Lorenzo Says:

    Bloody TNA is very lucky.

    They ALWAYS get away. SOMETHING will happen to save their a****.

    Provincial elections will be held on 7 September. That means TNA will get to contest the election!!!

    What a waste!

  9. Lorenzo Says:

    Had the 1970 to 1977 Sirima govt the balls to WIPE OUT TULF leadership and Tamil militants who were arrested and released (even Thalaivar crap was arrested and released), more than 150,000 people would have survived. And their families would be happy. If everyone had a family of 4, that is 600,000 happy people.

    Lakshman Kadir, Lalith, Gamini, Jeyaraj, etc. would be still living and serving the country.

    BILLIONS of dollars would have been saved. Country would be developed like Singapore by now. War crimes BS, 13 amendment BS and other BS won’t be there.

    The ethnic problem has a MILITARY SOLUTION. Only a VERY FEW trouble makers should be wiped out. But if delayed, their numbers will grow to a few hundred thousands.

    If you have cancer in one ball, you go under the knife. Cut it off. If you want to save it and hate the bloodshed, you will soon lose BOTH, and the a*** and everything else and eventually DIE.

    This is what ALWAYS happens to SL because some MODAYAS don’t understand the importance of TIMELY surgical wipe out of the Tamil cancer. I wish they and their families suffer MOST from the next war TNA is starting.

    Those who can think, please think about it. It is ugly but it can save your life. The international community will NEVER save us. They will help the LTTE kill us and blame us for war crimes!!

  10. lingamAndy Says:

    Lorenzo
    shanthy , shanthy, oom shanthy !
    Our is blood cancer surgical won’t help !

    (Lord) Krisha is coming Tommorow , He will save (Modayas & Modan) both of us for ever (:-(

    No short cut , unity in diversity !!!

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