Oct 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Parliament today approved the nomination of non-Members of Parliament to the Constitutional Council, Sri Lanka's constitutional authority for the new term.
The parliament approved the nominations of former diplomat and Senior Special Advisor on Foreign Relations to President Maithripala Sirisena Dr. Jayantha Dhanapala, Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Ahamed Javid Yusuf and Mr. Naganathan Selvakkumaran Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.
The nominations were made by both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
The official tenure of the ten-member Constitutional Council, Sri Lanka's constitutional authority, ended on 21st September.
Under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, Constitutional Council is the responsible body to appoint members to the independent commissions such as police commission, bribery commission and election commission.
Among the ten members of the council, three are official members. They are the Speaker, Prime Minister and Opposition Leader.
The Speaker holds the chairmanship of the Council while the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader are ex-officio members.
One member is appointed by the President and another five members are appointed by the President, on the nomination of both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. Among these five members three should be civil society representatives.
One other person is appointed by the members of the parliament from a political party other than the parties to which the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition belong.
Dr. Ahangamage Tudor Ariyaratne, Late Mr. Shibly Aziz and Dr. (Ms.) Radhika Coomaraswamy represented the Constitutional Council as non-MP members from September 2015 to September 2018.