SC to announce decision on FR petitions tomorrow

2020-06-01 at 17:00

The consideration of the Fundamental Rights petitions filed challenging the gazette issued by the Election Commission to conduct the General Election on the 20th of June concluded today.

Accordingly, the Supreme Court will announce at 3pm tomorrow, on whether or not to grant leave to proceed over the Fundamental Rights petitions.

The consideration of the petitions got underway for the tenth day before a five-member bench comprising Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and Justices Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira de Abrew, Priyantha Jayawardene and Vijith Malalgoda.

The Attorney General today informed Court that guidelines, containing advise by health authorities for the conduct of the General Election, will be submitted before the end of the week.

The Additional Solicitor General Indika Demuni de Silva, representing the Attorney General, said the guidelines that should be adhered to during the election are presently being compiled by relevant health authorities.

Counsels representing the petitioners submitted their deliberations today on objections pertaining to the petitions.

President’s Counsel MA Sumanthiran said there are no legal obstacles to file Fundamental Rights petitions challenging the dissolution of Parliament and the date announced to conduct the Parliamentary Election.

12 Fundamental Rights petitions were filed challenging the decision of the Election Commission to conduct the Parliamentary Election on the 20th of June.

The Attorney General, Members of the Election Commission, the Secretary to the President and the Director General of Health Services have been named as respondents.