Jan 02, Colombo: President of Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) President's Counsel Wijedasa Rajapakse who is also an opposition United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian has decided not to seek reelection for the post of President of the BASL.
Rajapakse was elected as the BASL President in February 2012 and his term ends in March.
Secretary of BASL Sanjaya Gamage has said that the nominations for the election of officers should be handed over before the 10th of January and Rajapakse has not yet notified of his intentions to run for a second term.
Rajapakse's dual role as a parliamentarian and the President of the Bar Association came into question when the BASL filed a case against the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to probe the impeachment motion against Chief Justice, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake.
Gamage has said that President's Counsel J. Kanagaratnam is contesting for the post of the president of BASL.
The ballots for election of officers will be cast on the 20th of February. Around 11,000 members of the Bar Association are eligible to vote.