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Petition against ‘motorcycle’ members of Maharagama Urban Council fixed for hearing

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By ITN News Editor July 26, 2018 19:11

Petition against ‘motorcycle’ members of Maharagama Urban Council fixed for hearing

The Court of Appeal fixed for August 01st the date for the consideration of the petition filed seeking a court order to remove the 23 members elected to the Maharagama Urban Council after contesting the local government election from an independent group under the ‘motorcycle ’ symbol.
The petition has been filed by a group of UNP supporters who are residents of Maharagama. It was taken up for consideration before President of the Court of Appeal Preethi Padman Surasena and Justice Arjuna Obeysekara.
The petitioners claim that a majority of the candidates elected to the Maharagama Urban Council after contesting from the motorcycle symbol as Independent Group II are not residents of Maharagama.
The petition also claimed that as per the Local Authorities Election Act, only a person residing within limits of a local government institution can contest for a seat in that local authority. As such the petitioners request the Court to issue an order removing them from their positions of Maharagama UC members.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 26, 2018 19:11