ECONOMYNEXT – Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today pledged that all independent commissions in line with the constitution will be established before the end of October while the anti-graft panel will be in place this month itself.
Following a meeting of the Constitutional Council (CC), the apex body that will appoint members to other independent commissions, Jayasuriya said he had sought the cooperation of all members to speed up their work.
There are several vacancies to be filled in the CC itself and that work will be done before parliament meets again on September 22 .
The legislature is expected to ratify the names of three civil society nominees in the CC — A. T. Ariyaratne, Radhika Coomaraswamy and Shibly Aziz.
“The highest priority will be given to establishing the bribery commission and I think we can complete that before the end of this month,” Jayasuriya told Economynext. “All other commissions will be operational before the end of October.”
A promise to depoliticise the police, the public service, the judiciary as well as the auditor general’s department and other key state institutions was the bedrock on which the UNP attracted mass support at August elections.
“Today I requested all members to cooperate with me to complete all the commissions during October.”
Reports of a timeline for de-politicising key institutions come at a time when voters have been disillusioned by the induction of highly corrupt individuals into the administration in the name of a “national government.”
With the setting up of new commissions, all members of existing panels such as the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery Or Corruption (CIABOC) will automatically lose their jobs.