Utilize 2015 General Elections to reinforce people’s sovereignty: Chrishmal Warnasuriya

July 15, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lankan voters should utilize the General Elections on August 17 in order to reinforce people’s sovereignty, Chrishmal Warnasuriya, a lawyer seeking a seat in the next Parliament through the national list of JVP said.

“If the 4th of February 1948 was our first independence and the 19th of May 2009 our second (from terrorism), January 8 this year is without any doubt our third,” he said.

“Nevertheless the question remains, have we the “People” reaped the maximum from what was most certainly our third on the 8 of January this year,”

He adds that the 1978 Constitution enshrines that sovereignty is not vested on a monarch or a dynasty of politicians but upon the people.

“In Sri Lanka the Constitution is supreme – three organs of State (i.e. the legislative, the executive and the judiciary) operate on par,”

“The sovereign power of this Republic is firmly reposed in its people and is inalienable, as guaranteed by Article 3 of the Constitution,”

“There is no sovereign king or queen exercising any prerogative over our power to rule ourselves.”

Even a simple reading of the Constitution amply demonstrate that we have adopted the principle of ‘separating’ those powers amongst three separate and distinct organs of state, the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary in terms of Article 4 in the constitution, he said.

Warnasuriya is an Attorney at Law of the Supreme Court in since May 2000 and was a member of the group of lawyers and activists who drafted original draft of 19th Amendment.