Opposition MPs file petitions seeking order to hold LG polls

A group of Opposition Parliamentarians filed two petitions with the Supreme Court yesterday (12) requesting the issuance of a writ ordering the Election Commission to take immediate steps to hold the Local Government elections.

One of these petitions was presented by Samagi Jana Balawegaya General Secretary Ranjith Madduma Bandara  and Prof. G.L. Peiris and the other one was presented by SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara, Lakshman Kiriella, M.A. Sumanthiran and Anura Pridayadharshana Yapa.

The Chairman of the Election Commission Nimal Punchihewa and members of that Commission and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena have been cited as respondents. It is stated in the petitions that 24 Municipal Councils, 41 Urban Councils and 275 Pradeshiya Sabha are operating in the country at present.

The petitioners say that the term of office of those Local Government bodies will end on March 19, 2023, and the new term should begin on March 20.

According to the provisions of the Local Government Elections Act, the petitioners say that in order to start the official term anew, the Election Commission should take the relevant steps six months before the elections are held.

 

 

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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