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Friday, 23 August 2019 - 10:29
SUPREME COURT TO DELIBERATE TODAY WHETHER THE PC ELECTIONS CAN BE HELD
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A five-member bench of the Supreme Court is to take up for hearing today the reference application of the President seeking a determination of the Supreme Court whether the provincial council (PC) election can be held without the report of the delimitation committee.

This will be heard before a five-member panel of judges headed by Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya and comprising of judges Buwaneka Aluvihare, Sisira de Abrew, Prasanna Jayawardena and Vijith Malalgoda.

The final decision on whether the Provincial Council election can be held before the presidential election will be taken based on the determination of the Supreme Court.

This is the final opportunity to conduct the Provincial Council elections before the Presidential election.

When an inquiry was made by the Hiru news team previously, the Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya said that if the provincial council election is to be held before the presidential election, it should be conducted before the end of September.

He stated if it can be conducted within that timeline, then it would not in any way impede the presidential election.

Meanwhile, General Secretary of the United People's Freedom Alliance Mahinda Amaraweera said last week that the President was due to inquire into the legal opinion of the courts regarding the PC election.

It is possible to hold the provincial council election through a court order, a gazette notification on delimitation or a bill passed by the legislature.

The Supreme Court Registrar had informed the Bar Association that if they want to mediate on the reference application of the President regarding the conducting of the Provincial Council Elections, that they should inform the same in writing.

He stated that the mediation petitions will be considered today.

PAFFREL has stated that holding the provincial council elections will not delay the presidential election in any way according to the election law.

The official tenure of all Provincial Councils except the Uva Provincial Council have come to an end and they are governed by the Governors of the Provinces.

Since the report of the delimiting committee has not been submitted, some provincial councils are continuing without the people’s representatives for over two years.

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