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THE PROCESS
Nearly four decades after the passage of the Second Republican Constitution, broad consensus was reached within the nation to enact a constitution that reflects the present needs and aspirations of the people of Sri Lanka. The process of constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka can be broadly classified into three phases.

Public Consultation Process
The first phase of the constitutional process began in January 2016 with the appointment of the Public Representations Committee for Constitutional Reforms (PRC) by the Cabinet of Ministers to seek the views of the people. A twenty member committee comprising academics and luminaries from different fields nominated by political parties under the Chairmanship of Mr.Lal Wijenayake, with Mr.Winston Pathiraja as the Secretary to the Committee.
 
The public consultation process was broadly structured to capture the needs and aspirations of the people through nation-wide consultations over several months. This mechanism paved the way for wide and active public participation and a culture of inclusiveness. The mandate of the PRC was to seek oral and written submissions from the public on constitutional reforms through public consultations throughout the country. The PRC held public consultations in all 25 administrative districts and considered a large volume of submissions made by members of the public.

In order to ensure that representations of the public are given due consideration as an integral part of the mandate for constitutional reform, the Report of the PRC was presented to all members of the Constitutional Assembly including the 21 members of the Steering Committee and the Sub-Committees for their consideration. Furthermore members of the PRC were seconded to the Committees to ensure the link with the public consultation process in the Constitutional reforms endeavor by the Constitutional Assembly and its committees. Additionally, the Steering Committee published notifications calling for further representations on designated subject areas that are being considered by the Steering Committee and the submissions that were received were considered by the Public Representation Committee which compiled a 2nd Report of the Public Representation Committee dated 8th July 2016. This Report was also submitted to the steering committee and the sub-committees for their consideration. There were also many stake-holders including political parties, provincial representatives and interest groups that were invited by the committees of the Constitutional Assembly during the next phase of the process.
 
All individual representations sent in by members of the public have also been tabled beforethe Steering Committee as and when they are received as a matter of practice by the Constitutional Assembly Secretariat.
 
Constitutional Assembly Process
Parliamentary Process