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Writ Petitions fixed for argument

The Writ Petitions which were filed seeking an order in the nature of Writ of Mandamus directing the Election Commission to hold the Provincial Council Election in respect of Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, North Central, Eastern, Central, Wayamba and Northern Provincial Councils were yesterday fixed for argument by the Supreme Court.

A Supreme Court three-judge-bench bench comprising Justices Priyantha Jayawardena, Vijith K. Malalgoda and E.A.G.A. Amarasekara fixed the petitions to be taken up for argument on July 18. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court ordered to formally issue notices to respondent parties including the members of the Election Commission. These petitions had been filed by the members of ‘Truth Seekers’ organization through Attorney-at-Law Premanath Dolawatta.

President’s Counsel Uditha Igalahewa appearing for the Election Commission (EC) informed court that the EC is expecting to seek Supreme Court’s determination regarding the possibility of holding PC elections without calling delimitation reports. He further submitted to Court that the EC would not object for these petitions in principle. The petitioners cited Election Commission, its Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya, its members Nalin Abeysekara and Ratnajeewa Hoole as respondents. The petitioners are seeking a writ of Mandamus directing the respondents to take action required by Article 104 B of the constitution read with Provincial Council Act No.2 of 1988 as it stood prior to the enactment of the Act No.17 of 2017 for the election of members Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, North Central, Eastern, Central, Wayamba and Northern Provincial Councils.

The petitioners stated that terms of office of the eight Provincial Councils ended and already dissolved. Senior Counsel Kanishka Vitharana under the instructions of Attorney-at-law Premanath Dolawatta appeared for the petitioners. President’s Counsel Uditha Igalahewa appeared for the Election Commission.

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