Several members of the main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) voted in favour of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution while the SJB had officially decided to oppose the legislation.
The eight opposition MP’s who voted along with the Govt for the 20th amendment are Samagiya Jana Balavegaya (SJB) National List MP Diana Gamage, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress MP’s Nazeer Ahamed , (Batticaloa)Faizal Cassim(Amparai), H.M. M.Harees(Amparai), M.S. Thowfeek(Trincomalee), Muslim National Alliance MP A. A.S.M. Raheem(Puttalam), Tamil Progressive Alliance MP Arvind Kumar(Badulla) and All Ceylon Makkal Congress MP Ishak Rahman(Anuradhapura) .
While several MPs from the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) and All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) voted in favour of the 20th Amendment, the two party leaders, MPs Rauf Hakeem and Rishad Bathiudeen voted against the legislation.
Tamil Pro Rajapakshe MP’s Douglas Devananda, Angajan Ramanathan, Vijayelandran, Chandrakanthan (Pillayan), Kulasingam Thileepan, Jeevan Thondaman, Rameswaran and Surendra Rahavan voted in favour of the 20th Amendment.