Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya has sought approval to step down from his post.
Deshapriya has made the request to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the request has been conveyed to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.
However, the Speaker, as the Chairman of the Constitutional Council, has proposed that Deshapriya continue in his post.
Jayasuriya noted the important role played by the National Elections Commission under the chairmanship of Deshapriya at the just concluded Presidential election.
He said that with another crucial election coming up it would be best if that election is also conducted with Deshapriya at the National Elections Commission.