COLOMBO (NewsRadio); A member of the five-member National Election Commission has resigned.
A spokesperson at the Presidential Secretariat informed NewsRadio that a letter of resignation has been sent to the Head of State.
However, the Election Commission is yet to make an announcement on the development.
The development comes as the Election Commission is taking steps to conduct the Local Authorities Election.
Meanwhile, the Constitutional Council which met for the first time yesterday under the auspices of Speaker of House Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena decided to call for applications for independent commissions such as the Election Commission, the Public Service Commission and the National Police Commission.
Accordingly, advertisements will be published calling for applications for the appointment as Members to the Election Commission, Public Service Commission, National Police Commission, Audit Service Commission, Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption, Finance Commission, Delimitation Commission and for the National Procurement Commission.
The Constitutional Council was reconstituted following the enactment of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution.
The Constitutional Council is the responsible body to appoint members to independent commissions such as Police Commission, Bribery Commission and Election Commission.
The Speaker holds the chairmanship of the Council while the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader are ex-officio members of the 10-member Constitutional Council.
The Council consists of seven Members of Parliament and three civil representatives.