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* Five-member SC bench appointed to inquire into President's query on holding provincial elections
Thu, Aug 15, 2019, 11:52 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 15, Colombo: Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya has appointed a five-member panel of judges to hear the President's request to the Supreme Court to inquire whether there is a possibility of holding a Provincial Council elections according to the preferential voting system.

President Maithripala Sirisena has made a request to the apex court seeking its interpretation of the conduct of the Provincial Council Election under the old electoral system, due to the delay in the delimitation report on Provincial Councils.

The five-member Bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira De Abrew, Prasanna Jayawardena and Vijith Malalgoda will consider the President's application on the 23rd of this month.

The court will examine whether the provincial council election can be held under the election law existed before the Local Government Amendment Act of 2017 was passed.

The Supreme Court Registrar has requested the President of the Bar Association to inform his members of this matter.

Lawyers can make oral submissions on the 23rd and written submissions should be made before the 21st of August.

The Supreme Court's decision on the President's referral will be presented to the President before the 30th of this month.


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