No legal provision for referendum on LLRC – Govt.

No legal provision for referendum on LLRC – Govt.

March 26, 2012   03:16 pm

There is no legal provision to allow a referendum on the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution brought by the US on Sri Lanka, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said.

The Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister revealed this when questioned regarding a statement made by Minister Wimal Weerawansa calling for a referendum on the resolution before it is implemented.

The public must voice its opinion and decide on the US-led resolution against Sri Lanka, Weerawansa, the leader of the National Freedom Front (NFF) and Minister of Housing and Construction had said.

"We must get people involved in this. We must face this together to fight than surrendering. If not they (West) will say that people are not with the government", Weerawansa said.

However, speaking at a press conference held today (March 26), Minister Nimal Siripala pointed out that a referendum could only be conducted for one issue which requires the masses to vote either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and that the LLRC report comprises many issues.

Therefore it is not technically sound to conduct a referendum on the matter, he responded to a query by media.  

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