Constitutional Council- Vacancies likely be filled by Oct.10: Karu

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Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the five vacancies in the Constitutional Council (CC) would be filled by Wednesday from some 15 applications submitted by civil society groups.

Their term of office of six members of the ten-member CC expired on September 22.

Under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, the Prime Minister, the Speaker and the Opposition Leader act as ex-officio members of the CC.

Five members are required to be appointed by the President from members of Parliament on the nomination of the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Another member must also be appointed from among MPs nominated on the consent of majority of parliamentarians who represent political parties or independent groups, other than the respective political parties or independent groups to which the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition belong.

Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe has been appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena as his representative in the CC.

The term of office of Minister Tilak Marapana, W.D.J. Seneviratne, Vijitha Herath, Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, Shibly Aziz and Radhika Coomaraswamy expired on September 22.

The CC is a 10-member constitutional authority tasked with maintaining independent commissions and monitoring it affairs. It is aimed at depoliticizing the public service.

The Constitutional Council was first established in 2000 under the 17th Amendment to the Constitution. In 2010 President Mahinda Rajapaksa established the Parliamentary Council under the Eighteenth Amendment to replace the CC.

President Maithripala Sirisena following his election in 2015 introduced the 19th Amendment and re-established the CC.

The government thinks the constitution of the CC was vital as early as possible with prospect of senior and influential public offices such a Chief Justice, Attorney General and IGP due to fall vacant shortly and as such the CC will have a big job at hand in filling those top posts. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

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  • First step Saturday, 06 October 2018 11:28 AM

    First stop putting framed photos of politicians in every room of government offices. Might save millions and increase productivity.

    sarath Saturday, 06 October 2018 11:50 AM

    The CC is a wet blanket for the Govt. they did to 17A CC too. Now it is been repeated. Govt and specially speaker knew that the vacancies will be falling in September and they should have got ready to have a continued and smooth functioning.CC is powerless and not independent and transparent. Examples; the appointment of AG and IGP, No one can explain as why they were appointed over others.MY VIEW IS THIS METHOD IS HIGHLY UNPRACTICAL AND ONLY A EYE WASH TO DO ANYTHING WHAT THEY WANT TO DO DO

    Bala Sunday, 07 October 2018 01:17 PM

    The main reason is the CC is an eyewash for a political set up to have their way. Seven politicos of doubtful repute and just three civilians in CC. What can you expect but balderdash.

    Paul Saturday, 06 October 2018 01:22 PM

    As in other cases, initially they will want 2 months extension. CC will be defunct after that, nothing could be done

    Nandimithra Saturday, 06 October 2018 07:12 PM

    It is not a constitutional commission. The correct name must be Parliamentary Commission. What a joke to deceive the public international community.


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