The newly elected President Mahinda Rajapakse has come under pressure from the main Opposition party, the UNP to take immediate steps to make appointments to a number of important government instruments like the Constitutional Council, The Election Commission, The Police Commission, and the Public Service Commission, which have become inoperative, having come to the end of their legal term of office.
Deputy Leader of the UNP, Gamapaha District Parliamentarian Karu Jayasuriya has written to the President urging him to do so immediately.
Jayasuriya has said, `We also know that much expected Election Commission also has not been established so far causing a grave injustice to the people of this country in general and more specifically to the Elections Commissioner who is expecting to retire from service.`
`As we all know, the nominations for the proposed Election Commission was ratified by the Constitutional Council at which the incumbent president was present as the then Leader of the Opposition and the recommendations were forwarded to the former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga for approval. But it did not come into effect due to unknown reasons and we all know the most crucial presidential election was held without the due protection from the Independent Commission.
`We urge His Excellency the President to take immediate action to make necessary appointments to the Constitutional Council, Public Service Commission and the Police Commission,` he said.