The Speaker has given the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader another week to send the names of their nominees to the Parliamentary Council.
Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Kitulgoda has told the media today (27) that the two leaders have been ganted one more week to submit their nominations.
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa last week wrote to Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe tasking him o nominate another name to the Parliamentary Council since the person nominated by him has refused to accpet the nomination.
Rajapaksa said that he would forward the names of the Prime Minister’s and the Opposition Leader’s nominess to the Council to President Mahinda Rajapaksa soon after the Opposition Leader nominates a new name.
The Opposition Leader nominated the name TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran who refused to accept the nomination, saying the party opposed the 18th Amendment.
The Speaker, Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader are to serve as ex-officio members of the five- member Parliamentary Council.
Nevertheless the formation of the Parliamentary Council under the 18th Amendment has now been delayed due to issues on nominating persons to the Council.