Broken Promises

Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Council in limbo because Muslim political parties cannot agree on a Muslim representative. Sri Lanka’s Constitutional Council in limbo because Muslim political parties cannot agree on a Muslim representative. Sri Lanka is heading into another election with no hint of the long promised Election Commission.

But this time, even the Constitutional Council – that is empowered to appoint various commissions to oversee national administrative matters – is out of business.

The term of the Inspector General of Police, the National Police Commission and the Public Service Commission expires this year.

The Council is needed to fill all of these vacancies.

Administrative officials of the Council, say the delay in appointing a new council is because Muslim political parties cannot agree on a Muslim representative to the Council.

Officials say Muslim political parties have still not submitted a name, although it is now more than three months since the Council’s term expired, in March.

Under the 17 amendment to the Constitution, three members of the Constitutional