The much vaunted Constitutional Council (CC) cannot be called independent as long as there are political party representatives in it, Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa said yesterday.
Responding to a question posed by a journalist at the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) Head Office, Mr. Rajapaksa said it was his view that personnel within the CC should be changed.
“Yes there needs to be a change when it comes to who should be in it. There is no independence at present. How can the CC be independent if the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader are both part of it? It also has representatives of the President, Prime Minister and political parties. With political party representatives being present the CC can't be independent,” he said.
Earlier, Mr. Rajapaksa said the entire state sector has collapsed due to arbitrary decisions taken by the CC. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Comments - 9
CITIZEN Friday, 22 February 2019 09:22 AM
Well, the formation of Constitutional Council should consist representatives of Prez, PM, Opp Leader and others as per the requirement. Say, we change this requirement and the CC to be formed with non-political nominees. Who should nominate such members? Is it the story of the hen and the egg?? This apart, the President is a politician and leader of a political party. Appointment of judges are made by the President as per the Constitution. Can we call the Judges so appointed are political appointees????
Yehiya Friday, 22 February 2019 10:28 AM
Peoples are very happy with the constitution council.
Raj Friday, 22 February 2019 11:22 AM
This is one piece of evidence that shows the CC is actually independent and working!
Bandu Wanigasekera Friday, 22 February 2019 11:46 AM
It was your UPFA that asked for 7 politikkas in the ten of the CC while original proposal was only 3 with 7 civil society members. Now shiftingg blame like yyou always do. Hypocrite.
Paniya Friday, 22 February 2019 01:51 PM
When Justice Shirani Bandaranaik was thrown out was it a non political decision.
Sri Wickrema Friday, 22 February 2019 02:22 PM
Then try to bring necessary amendments to rectify the composition of the CC.
Dayan Friday, 22 February 2019 02:27 PM
It may be true. But because of the CC no stooges of politicians have got appointed to the higher positions.
Mahila Friday, 22 February 2019 08:55 PM
May be so, and that is not contested. However, the sole right of the president prior to advent of CC, who is also a head of a political party making the appointment at his sole discretion, has been trimmed. This resulted in the non appointment of Chuti Nangi and the disappointment of some politicians unable to have their merry WAY and definitely not the Many citizens. Therefore funny to claim that they CC is not independent.
kithsiri fernando Saturday, 23 February 2019 10:15 PM
It was the UPFA which blocked a larger number of civil society representatives being on the CC at the time of 19A. The original draft had 5 out of 10 but Dinesh Vasu and others opposed it and it was reduced to 3
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