JVP highlights importance of immediate appointments to Constitutional Council

JVP highlights importance of immediate appointments to Constitutional Council

JVP highlights importance of immediate appointments to Constitutional Council

Written by Staff Writer

07 Sep, 2015 | 8:47 pm

The JVP has highlighted the importance of the immediate appointment of members of the Constitutional Council.

Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stated that this will be fulfilled when Parliament reconvenes on September 22 . The Constitutional Council which was established by the 19th amendment to the constitution consists of ten members.

The Prime minister, Speaker and the Opposition leader will be appointed to the council by virtue of the position they hold. An MP will be nominated by the President to represent the head of state in the Constitutional Council.

The President must also appoint five nominees of the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader, two of whom must be MPs, with the remaining three being representatives of civil society.

Meanwhile, an MP who does not represent the parties or independent groups led by the Prime Minister or Opposition Leader, must be appointed with a majority vote in parliament. The speaker will function as the chairman of the Constitutional Council.

According to the 19th amendment to the constitution, the President can only appoint the chairpersons and members to the ten independent commissions following the directives of the constitutional council.

Prof. Jayampathy Wickramaratne stated that the members of the constitutional council could be appointed immediately since the Prime Minister, Speaker and the Opposition Leader have been appointed.

He went on to note that three representatives of civil society organisations who have been recommended could be appointed to the constitutional Council swiftly, after the consent of Parliament.

Chief Opposition Whip, Anura Kumara Dissanayake stated that they requested the Prime Minister to reconvene the parliament beforehand in order to establish the Constitutional Council.

He went on to note that the Constitutional Council should be established to appoint commissioners to the independent commissions, especially taking into the consideration the setbacks at the bribery commission.

He added that in order to strengthen the Bribery Commission, it is important that the Parliament re-assign the officers to the commission.

Minister of Justice and Buddhist Affairs, Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stated that they are planning to appoint members to the constitutional council in the coming week but they could only obtain permission to appoint a civil society representatives to the council when parliament reconvenes on September 22 or a nearby date.

He went on to note that as soon as the Constitutional Council is established new commissions and commissioners who were enabled through the provisions of the 19th Amendment to the constitution will be appointed

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