Nov 19, 2018

Appointment of parliamentary select committee hits snag Featured

All parliamentary committees became annulled after president Maithripala Sirisena prorogued parliament on October 27.

All these committees were governed by the parliamentary select committee (PSC) which should be reappointed by the speaker in consultation with party leaders or party representatives once a new session is convened.

The committee on high posts continues even when parliament is prorogued.

Worsening political stalemate

The BBC Sinhala Service says the political stalemate that was the result of the dissolution of parliament and the stay order issued against it by the Supreme Court is likely to worsen due to the differences over the appointment of new members to the PSC.

When parliament met today (19), UPFA’s Dinesh Gunawardena said their party, which serves as the governing side, should have a majority of members in the PSC.

However, JVP’s Anura Kumara Dissanayake objected, saying it is unjustified to give majority of members to a party that has no House majority.

He said the PSC should have members from the parties according to the number of MPs in each party.

Sajithpremadasa 670px 15 05 17Sajith speaks about govt.’s latest dramaThe UNP alleges the side led by prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is using this to put off the no-confidence motion.

Its deputy leader Sajith Premadasa told the media later in the day that the government was finding a new issue in the PSC.

He said it would be pointless in this situation for parliament to meet again on November 23, saying this ‘drama’ would continue.

Premadasa cast doubts if a free and fair general election could take place under the circumstances.