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Saturday, 16 May 2015 - 13:19
19th A: No impact on Independent Commissions
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A Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission doctor Prathibha  Mahanama-hewa says that that the independent commissions will not be completely inactive with the enactment of the 19th amendment.

After the Speaker signed, the 19th constitutional amendment was passed in parliament recently and enacted since yesterday.

Under the 19th amendment, the independent commissions are appointed through the Constitutional Council.

Therefore, until the new independent commissions are established, the commissioners of the existing independent commissions have no obstacle to continue their service.

However, according to the Deputy Minister of Justice, the independent commissions will not be inactive after the enactment of the 19th amendment.

However, the authority of the commissioners will be annulled.

The 19th constitutional amendment was passed on 28th of April in parliament by two third-majority.

Later, members were appointed to the constitutional council

The Constitutional Council consists of 7 members including the Speaker, Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader as well as 3 civil representatives.
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