The UNP stressed in Parliament yesterday the need to curtail the Presidential powers to dissolve parliament upon completion of one year of its term.
Chief Opposition Whip Joseph Michael Perera speaking during the committee stage debate in the House yesterday said the powers vested in the Executive President to appoint an MP of his or her choice as the Prime Minister disregarding whether the member enjoyed the majority in parliament too should be repealed.
The House took up the votes on 21 institutions including the offices of the President and the Prime Minister.
The UNP said it was the supreme right of the people to elect a President and Parliament, and therefore the scope of work of these two bodies should be consolidated.
Mr. Perera said there should be provisions to uphold the independence and sacredness of the judicial service. ?If there is doubt about political influences in relation to a ruling delivered by a judge, it will affect the sacredness of the court,? he said.
The UNP also emphasized the need to ensure quality living conditions for judges by offering a decent salary to them. ?We should create an environment for them to carry out duties easily while maintaining the supremacy of the judiciary,? he said.
He said there were problems related to some rulings delivered by the Supreme Court as well. Mr. Perera said some such judgments had been unacceptable to certain international bodies.However, he said the Supreme Court could not be influenced to revise these judgements in keeping with the rulings from the international organizations.
?We are bound by the international treaties to abide by these rulings. But, there is no power for the Supreme Court to do it. As a result, parliament should look into the matter,? he said.
Referring to the Judicial Services Commission, he said this Commission was not answerable to any institution.
?There is no transparency in its activities as no one can question the Commission. It should be held responsible to Parliament,? he said.