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Apex Court concludes hearing on President’s reference application on PC polls

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 23, 2019 19:09

Apex Court concludes hearing on President’s reference application on PC polls

The hearing of submissions on the President’s application seeking an opinion on the law to conduct the provincial council polls ended at the Supreme Court today.

The reference application was taken up before a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Sisira de Abrew, Prasanna Jayewardene and Vijith Malalgoda this morning. The President had sought the opinion of the Supreme Court whether a Provincial Council election can be held at a time when the Parliament had rejected the delimitation report and also whether the election can be held according to the law before the adoption of the 2017 Provincial Council Elections Amendment Act.

13 written submissions have been handed over by various parties with regard to the President’s reference application on the Provincial Council elections.

Parties including the Attorney General had said that an election can be held only after the approval in Parliament an amendment to the Act or the approval of a new Act.

The Supreme Court’s determination is due to be directed to the President before the 30th of August.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 23, 2019 19:09

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