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EC must follow procedure established by law – AG

Attorney General Dappula De Livera advised the National Election Commission (NEC) that it is required to follow the procedure established by law for the conduct of Parliamentary Election 2020.

Coordinating officer to Attorney General, State Counsel Nishara Jayaratne told to Daily News that the directive was issued following a request made by the NEC pertaining to the conduct of the General Election 2020.

In his request, The NEC Chairman had sought advice from the Attorney General on whether a legal issue arises due to acceptance of nomination papers on March 17, 18 and 19, 2020 as March 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2020, which were within the nomination period had been declared as a special public holiday by two Gazette notifications.

In reply to a letter sent by the NEC Chairman, the Attorney General said as nominations have been already been accepted by the NEC in respect of the 2020 Parliamentary Election the NEC had taken consequential steps to conduct such an election.

Therefore, the Attorney General says the NEC is required to following the procedure established by law for the conduct of Parliamentary Election 2020.


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