Parliament adopts a code of conduct for MPs

Parliament adopted a “Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament” today. The finalized copy was tabled and presented for the approval of the House by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

The objective of the Code of Conduct is to assist the Members of Parliament to exercise, perform and discharge by them of their powers, functions and duties in order to fulfil their responsibilities to the Parliament, to their constituents, and the public at large.

It consists of thirteen parts which describes the duties of Members, rules of conduct, behaviour, procedure for inquiry, sanctions etc among others.

This was prepared with the assistance of the Legal Draftsman after taking into consideration all the comments and proposals submitted by the Members of Parliament.

The Code of Conduct will apply to each Member including the presiding members, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the House, the Leader of the Opposition, Whips of the Government and the Opposition in all aspects of their public lives. However, this does not mean that the private and personal lives of such persons are regulated by this Code of Conduct. (Colombo Gazette)

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