PC poll can’t be held under existing legal provisions-SC

2019-09-02 at 19:31

The Supreme Court has notified President Maithripala Sirisena that the Provincial Council Election cannot be held under the existing legal provisions.

The President moved the Supreme Court to seek a determination on whether the elections could be conducted in line with the Proportional Representation system which existed before the Provincial Councils (Amendment) Act which was passed in 2017.

A statement issued by the Secretary to the President Udaya R Seneviratne said the Supreme Court bench arrived at a unanimous decision on the matter.

The Supreme Court accordingly informed the President that in the absence of the report of the Review Committee on Delimitation, the President does not have the authority under the provisions of the Provincial Councils Amendment Act to declare the boundaries contained in the Delimitation Report submitted to the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils.

The Supreme Court also informed the President that the Provincial Council Election cannot be held under previous electoral system that was in existence prior to the approval of the Provincial Councils Amendment Act in 2017.

The Supreme Court on the 23rd of August concluded its examination of the application filed by President Maithripala Sirisena pertaining to the possibility of conducting the Provincial Council Election.

A five-member Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya presided over the examination.