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Gnanasara Thera's petition challenging rejection of nominations fixed for support

 The writ petition filed by members of the Apè Janabala Pakshaya including Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General  Secretary Ven. Galagodaatthe Gnanasara Thera challenging the rejection of their nomination papers to contest the General  Election from the Kurunegala District was yesterday fixed for support by the Supreme Court.

When the petition came up before the Supreme Court three-judge-bench comprising Justices L.T.B. Dehideniya, Preethi Padman Surasena and Gamini Amarasekara, matter was fixed for support on June 9.  The petitioners have sought an  Interim Order preventing the Election Commission from taking further steps to proceed with holding the General  Election in the Kurunegala District. The nomination papers submitted by Ven. Galagodaatthe Gnanasara Thera under Apè Janabala Pakshaya to contest in the KurunegalaDistrict was rejected on March 19.  

The petitioners stated that they were informed by the election officials that the nomination papers were rejected because of the mistakes in the sworn statements of the candidates.  The petitioners cited Election Commission's Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya and several others as respondents. They sought an order in the nature of writ of Mandamus directing the Returning Officer appointed for the Kurunegala District to accept the nomination paper delivered to the Election Officer by the authorised agent of the Apè Janabala Pakshaya for the election of members to the Kurunegala District. Romesh de Silva PC with counsel Thishya Weragoda appeared for the petitioners.  

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