By Shamindra Ferdinando
Following the Court of Appeal disqualifying UPFA MP Geetha Kumarasinghe to be a member of parliament due to her dual citizenship the Joint Opposition member Udaya Gammanpila has requested Controller of Immigration and Emigration to name all those MPs with dual citizenship.
UPFA MP and Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Gammanpila has sought information in accordance with the Right to Information (RTI) Act adopted by ruling coalition.
Attorney-at-law Gammanpila has told the Controller of Immigration and Emigration that information pertaining to those holding dual citizenship is available with the latter’s department and failure to furnish correct information or failure to provide it is a punishable offence under the RTI Act.
MP Gammanpila told The Island that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution introduced in late April 2015 barred those holding dual citizenship from contesting elections at any level.
The 19th Amendment will not permit JO heavyweight Basil Rajapaksa to contest general election or enter parliament through the National List.
Addressing the media recently at the SLFP party office at T.B. Jayah Mawatha, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said that there were other members of parliament holding dual citizenship.
MP Geetha Kumarasinghe last week informed Speaker Karu Jayasuriya of her decision to move Supreme Court against the Court of Appeal ruling.
MP Gammanpila said that he expected to obtain information from Controller of Immigration and Emigration within the stipulated period and proceed with a planned action plan.