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EC agreeable to hold PC elections

The Election Commission (EC) yesterday informed the Court of Appeal that it is agreeable in principle to hold the Provincial Council Election forthwith even without a delimitation report, if court issues an order to do so.

President’s Counsel Uditha Igalahewa appearing for Election Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya made these remarks when the two Writ Petitions seeking an order directing the Election Commission to hold the Provincial Council Election in respect of the North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council elections were taken up before the Court of Appeal.

These petitions had been filed by former North Central Province Chief Minister S.M. Ranjith and former Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Chief Minister Mahipala Herath.

President’s Counsel Sanjeewa Jayawardena appearing for the petitioners informed Court that the Election Commission is vested with power to hold the Elections for the Provincial Councils in which its terms of office had been terminated in terms of Section 10 of the Provincial Council Ordinance.

A Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justice (President) Yasantha Kodagoda and Justice Arjuna Obeysekera fixed two Writ Petitions for argument on August 2.

Meanwhile, a Writ Petition which was filed seeking an order in the nature of Writ of Mandamus directing the Election Commission to hold the Provincial Council Election in respect of the Sabaragamuwa, North Central, Eastern, Central, Wayamba and Northern Provincial Councils was yesterday fixed for support on June 17 by the Supreme Court.

Six petitioners, the members of ‘Truth Seekers’ organization filed this petition through Attorney-at-Law Premanath Dolawatta and Senior Counsel Kanishka Vitharana.

The petitioners cited the Election Commission, its Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya, its members Nalin Abeysekara and Ratnajeewa Hoole as respondents.

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