“About 176 applicants are there and interviews are going on today and tomorrow,” Gamini Kulatunga, commissioner operations at the Prisons Department, told Reuters. “Only males will be eligible for the post.”
The two posts fell vacant after one hangman was promoted and the other retired.
At least 480 people convicted of murder and drugs offences could potentially be executed, Kulatunga said.
There has been an alarming rise in child abuse, rapes, murders, and drug trafficking since the 25-year war against Tamil Tiger separatists ended in May 2009, prompting some lawyers and politicians to push for the death penalty to be reintroduced.
(Reporting by Ranga Sirilal; Writing by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Nick Macfie)