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New EC Under 18th Amendment

Sep 24, 2010 9:46:24 AM - thesundayleader.lk

The government told parliament today (24) that according to the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, a new Elections Commissioner could be appointed following the appointment of the Parliamentary Council.

Chief Government Whip and Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told parliament that although the current Elections Commissioner was to retire on February 28, 2002, he was unable to do so due to the inactive Elections Commission.

Gunawardena made this comment in response to a question raised by UNP parliamentarian Dayasiri Jayasekera in parliament.

Jayasekera questioned the government as to when the Elections Commissioner will be retiring and whether his fundamental rights have been breached by not permitting him retire.