Constitutional Council Speaker calls for nominees

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speaker2By Kelum Bandara
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has written to the respective parties to nominate their members to the Constitutional Council (CC) to be set up in conformity with the composition of the new parliament, officials said yesterday.

The 10-member CC, which was re-instated under the 19th Amendment is authorized to make appointments to the independent commissions. 

The Speaker, the Opposition Leader and the Prime Minister are the ex-offcio members of the Constitutional Council (CC). The Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader are authorised to nominate five members, two of whom should be Members of Parliament and the other three from civil society.

The President nominates one member while the rest are nominated by the small parties in Parliament.
Parliament Secretary General Dammika Dissanayake told Daily Mirror the Speaker had written to the relevant authorities to name their nominees to the CC.


The Speaker, the Opposition Leader and the Prime Minister are the ex-offcio members of the Constitutional Council (CC). The Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader are authorised to nominate five members


Among those nominated to the previous CC were Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister John Seneviratne by the then Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva while Minister Patali Chamipka Ranawaka was nominated by the President and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader R. Sampanthan was nominated by the small parties. 

Mr. Dissanayake said these members would continue to serve in the CC until it was newly constituted.
Meanwhile, the equation has changed with the appointment of Mr. Jayasuriya as the new Speaker and Mr. Sampanthan as the new Opposition Leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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