COLOMBO (NewsRadio); Parliament has commenced the process of appointing three civil society members to the Constitutional Council.
The Constitutional Council was established once again following the enactment of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution.
Accordingly, Speaker of House Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has called for applications from qualified individuals to be appointed as members of the Constitutional Council.
Applications will be accepted until the 28th of November.
A discussion was held under the patronage of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena at the Parliament Complex last week to discuss the establishment of the Constitutional Council.
The Constitutional Council consists of 10 members, including the Speaker of House, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, a Member of Parliament appointed by the President, a member representing the party of the Prime Minister, a member of the party representing the Leader of the Opposition, a member of another political party representing the entire Parliament and three civil society representatives.
Based on the provisions of the newly enacted 21st Constitutional Amendment, the Supreme Court Justices including the Chief Justice, the President and Justices of the Court of Appeal, the Attorney General, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, the Auditor General, the Inspector General of Police, the Secretary General of Parliament, the Ombudsman of Parliamentary Affairs as well as the Chairpersons and Members for independent commissions should be appointed subject to the approval of the Constitutional Council.