Officials exploring fresh nominations to the Constitutional Council are tossing around the names of several prominent personalities, including that of Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka, Jathika Hela Urumaya?s parliamentary monk.
Among others being considered are retired Supreme Court Judges C. V. Vigneswaran and Mark Fernando, former ambassador to Saudi Arabia Javed Yusuf, former North-Central Province governor Jimmy Samaraweera, former chief justice G. P. S. de Silva and the editor of a Tamil language newspaper.
No decisions have been made but discussions are continuing, authoritative sources said.
According to the 17th Amendment to the Constitution, five persons are required to be appointed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga on the nomination of both the prime minister and the leader of the opposition. A sixth person must be chosen by the small parties in parliament.
Of the Constitutional Council?s ten members, the term of one ? S. S. Wijeratne ? ended last year. Messrs. T Sunderalingam, M. M. Jameel, A. R. B. Amerasinghe, R. C. Karunakaran and L. H. G. Weerasekara retired on March 19. A term lasts three years.
The other members of the CC are the prime minister, the leader of the opposition, the speaker and one person appointed by the president. The council is responsible for nominating members to the elections commission, the public service commission, the national police commission, the human rights commission, the permanent commission to investigate allegations of bribery or corruption, the finance commission and the delimitation commission.