In an unprecedented move, the UNP s A.J.M.Muzammil who is contesting next weeks parliamentary election, took a public oath in Colombo yesterday, which if he violated in the event of his election, could result in loss of his seat.
With Attorney-at-Law Ikram Mohammed and Kolonnawa Urban Council Member Upasena JP, acting as witnesses, Muzammil signed an affidavit at a press conference in Colombo, pledging that he would not betray the trust and confidence placed in him by the voters and supporters of the UNP.
If after being elected to parliament, he were to cross over to another party, any member of the voting public or the UNP could use his affidavit to move a court of competent jurisdiction to have him removed from the legislature, Muzammil said.
Swearing not to be swayed by any offer of position or reward to defect from the upheld, Muzammil pledged to stand firm in his commitment to represent the people who voted for him.
Muzammil said that under the 1978 constitution, it was the duty of the Legislature to keep a check on the Executive. But unfortunately a loophole had been created for Executive powers to be abused and manipulated, resulting in the suppression of democracy.
Muzamil said: `The cultures of violence and unprincipled politics have destroyed the very fabric of Sri Lankan society. It is sickening and unethical to see politicians dupe the voters to enter parliament through one party and then cross sides to enjoy the perks and privileges of office. Their stock explanation is that they want to serve the country. But the people are tired of hearing such explanations. My act today of signing an affidavit that prevents me from abandoning the UNP after being elected to Parliament, is a first step in reviving the golden years of Sri Lankan politics, where principled and honest people strode the halls of power with respect and dignity.`