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SC tells EC to act on undertaking to conduct election

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The Supreme Court yesterday (10) decided to end the hearing of two writ petitions filed by a group of MPs including SJB General Secretary Ranjith Maddumabandara and SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara requesting the apex court to hold the Local Government elections as soon as possible.

After the Election Commission gave an undertaking before the court that the election will be held as planned supreme court bench comprising Justices S.Thurairajah, A.H.M.D.Nawaz and Shiran Gunaratne made this decision.

When the petitions were called, the Bench pointed out that the Election Commission had previously given a promise before the Supreme Court that it would take steps to conduct this election.

The panel of judges pointed out that the Election Commission should act according to that promise.

President’s counsel Saliya Peiris PC appearing for the respondent Election Commission and its Chairman stated that there is no change in the promise that the election will be held.

He said that according to Article 104 of the Constitution, all state institutions should provide support for conducting elections, but various problems have arisen for their clients regarding the conduct of elections.

The Bench also pointed out that it is the task of the Commission to resolve the issues and conduct the elections and there is no need for the intervention of the court.

Romesh De Silva, PC and Sanjeeva Jayawardena, PC who appeared on behalf of the petitioners stated before the court that they are satisfied with the promise made by the Commission that they will take steps to conduct the local government polls as scheduled.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court, which took note of the Election Commission’s pledge,decided to close the hearing of the petition.

Saturday, February 11, 2023 – 01:24

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