The Right to Information Bill was unanimously passed in Parliament this evening, without a vote.
Several amendments were made to the bill, before it was passed in Parliament.
The bill was taken up for debate yesterday, and during the debate the Joint Opposition said they would not vote in favour of it unless certain amendments were made to the bill. Subsequent to several amendments, the bill was passed in Parliament without a vote today.
The Right to Information Bill was presented in Parliament on March 24 by Mass Media and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka. The Right to Information Bill provides for the establishment of the right to Information Commission, setting out the procedures for obtaining information and for matters connected, in an effort to uphold the people’s right to know.
However, in May, the Supreme Court ruled that the bill must be passed by a special majority in Parliament, if it is to be made a law in the country.