A fundamental rights petition has been filed in the Supreme Court requesting a recount of the preferential votes received by UNP candidates in the Kandy district during the previous provincial council election.
The petition was filed by 12 UNP candidates who contested the election from the Kandy district and lost.
The petition which alleges that malpractices occurred while the preferential votes were being counted has named the elections commissioner, the Kandy district returning officer and the other UNP candidates as respondents.
The petitioners have further stated in their petition that there had been a discrepancy between the results released by the returning officer in the Kandy district and results released by the counting officers.
9 candidates of the Democratic Party also recently filed a petition in the appeals court requesting the preferential votes of the Democratic Party be recounted.
The Democratic Party won 2 seats during the previous provincial council election and Asanka Thillakarathne and C. A. Galappaththi from the Democratic Party won the two seats.
The petition filed also had requested for their appointment to be cancelled in addition to the recounting of votes.
Meanwhile a special discussion was held between Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Central PC UNP members on the dilemma of appointing an Opposition Leader yesterday.
The UNP had nominated Ranjith Aluvihare from the Matale District to the Opposition Leaders position but a proposal was given to the CP Chairman requesting the appointment of Lucky Jayawardana from Kandy District to the same position.
12 UNP members out of 16 had consented to appoint Jayawardana as opposed to Aluvihare in the proposal which was forwarded to the Chairman during the CP’s last sessions held on 17th of October.
However Provincial Councilor Lucky Jayawardana said that the Opposition Leader promised him a prompt solution to the matter after consulting party advisers.