Sunday, 09 November 2014 - 8:22
Broad debate continues on President seeking SC’s verdict on 3rd Term
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka says they are yet to receive a reply to the letter forwarded regarding the president’s inquiry from the Supreme Court as to whether he can contest for a 3rd term according to the 18th amendment to the constitution.
The first concern highlighted in the letter is whether the President could contest for another presidential election after the conclusion of 4 years in his 2nd term.
The 2nd concern raised is whether the current president has any restrictions to get re-elected as president, according to the 18th amendment.
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka handed over a letter to the Supreme Court on Friday regarding the inquiry made from the Supreme Court on the possibility for the current president to contest for the election for a 3rd time.
The Bar Association has requested for the reply before tomorrow.
However we made inquiries from Constitutional Law Expert Senior Lawyer Gomin Dayasri regarding the implication of the verdict which will be given by the supreme court.
Meanwhile member of the Peoples Movement for Democracy, Attorney at law Sunil Watagala says that they have commenced discussions regarding future measures, with the Bar Association.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa made inquiries from the Supreme Court on Wednesday as to whether there are any obstacles for him to contest for a third term, according to the 18th amendment.
A letter addressed to the Bar Association by the Registrar of the Supreme court noted that the President has requested for the decision to be informed to him before tomorrow.
However, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe speaking at a meeting held in Nugegoda recently stated that the verdict of the Supreme court will not have any bearing on the President seeking a 3rd term in office.
The JVP submitted a motion on the 7th to the Supreme Court with regard to seeking the views of the Supreme Court regarding the matter.
However, JVP Central Committee Member Attorney at law Sunil Watagala stated that when they attempted to file submissions it was informed that the time for oral submissions was over.