Proposed CA to have seven Deputy Chairmen

According to the proposed draft on the programme of work of the Constitutional Assembly to be presented to Parliament next month, in the absence of the Speaker, the Constitutional Assembly shall elect one of the Deputy Chairmen to chair the sittings of the Assembly. The proposed Constitutional Assembly to be chaired by the Speaker of Parliament will have seven Deputy Chairmen.The seven Deputy Chairmen of the Constitutional Assembly will be elected by the Constitutional Assembly. Sub-Committees, consisting of Members of the Constitutional Assembly, can also be appointed by the Constitutional Assembly provided that each such Sub-Committee shall comprise of not more thaneleven (11) Members. The Chairman of each Sub-Committee will be appointed by the Steering Committee.According to the proposal, the Prime Minister will, at the first meeting of the Constitutional Assembly, present a Resolution for adoption by the Constitutional Assembly, calling upon the Steering Committee to present a Resolution proposing a Draft Constitution for the consideration of the Constitutional Assembly, prior to its submission to the Cabinet of Ministers and Parliament. (Colombo Gazette) A Steering Committee consisting of the Prime Minister (Chairman), Leader of the House of Parliament, Leader of the Opposition, the Minister of Justice, and not more than seventeen (17) other Members of the Constitutional Assembly will be appointed by the Constitutional Assembly.The Steering Committee shall be responsible for the business of the Constitutional Assembly and for preparing a Draft of a new Constitution for Sri Lanka. “The Prime Minister shall, at the first meeting of the Constitutional Assembly, present a Resolution for adoption by the Constitutional Assembly, calling upon the Steering Committee to present a Resolution proposing a Draft Constitution for the consideration of the Constitutional Assembly, prior to its submission to the Cabinet of Ministers and Parliament,” the draft presented to the order book of Parliament states.

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