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Monday, 10 November 2014 - 8:00
Can President Mahinda Rajapakse contest for the 3rd time? Supreme Court's opinion today: No reply yet to BAR association request for more time.
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The decision with regard to the request to the Supreme Court President Mahinda Rajapaksa had made to state whether according to the 18th amendment there was any impediment for his contesting for the Presidency for the third time is scheduled to be revealed today.

The Supreme Court Registrar has in a letter sent on November 5th, informed the Bar Association of Sri Lanka that the President had requested the Supreme Court decision be communicated to him before the end of today.

It was based on this that the Bar Association of Sri Lanka had also requested the Supreme Court based on two counts for opportunity for presenting submissions before open court with regard to the President’s request for Supreme Court view .

However it was on last Friday that the Bar Association handed over to the Supreme Court a letter with regard to the President’s request for Supreme Court view.   

Through the said letter the Bar Association of Sri Lanka had said that there was no time and requested that matter be considered in open court.

However BASL secretary Ajith Pathirana told our news team that so far the BASL had not received a reply from the Supreme Court.

Meanwhile the JVP filed a motion at the Supreme Court on November 7th with regard to the President’s request for Supreme Court view.

Expressing his views to media subsequently JVP Central Committee member attorney-at-law Sunil Vatagala said that when he went to file the motion the Registrar had said that the oral submissions with regard to the matter had ended.

Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinge said yesterday that opinion inquiry from the Supreme Court as to whether there was an impediment for the President contest for Presidency a third time was not a matter connected with the general issue.  

The Opposition leader said so while participating at a media briefing held at the Sirikotha party headquarters.

The Opposition Leader said further that such a request for expression of Supreme Court view should be made after handing over nomination.

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