15th November, 2021: The 20th amendment to the Constitution that was passed into law on the 22nd of October 2020 provided wide sweeping powers to the executive that further endangered the crippling democratic space prevalent in the country. Furthermore, the pandemic and its limitations have enabled the government to continue with its autocratic rule and sustain it with intense militarization of civilian spaces.
Amidst this backdrop, this national survey was conducted in light of the government’s proposed plans for constitutional change. The knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of the public towards the current Constitution, the presidency, the judiciary, the nature of political order and human rights are some of the main areas that have been quantitatively assessed in this study. Data gathered from this national poll aims to enrich public debate on the broad needs and principles of constitutional reform in Sri Lanka.
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- To read a summary of the report in Sinhala, click here.
- To read a summary of the report in Tamil, click here.