NEC tells President to seek SC opinion

The National Elections Commission has advised President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to consult the Supreme Court on an issue with regards to the Parliamentary elections and when Parliament must convene.

National Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said that under the Constitution the new Parliament must convene three months after the old Parliament is dissolved.

Parliament was dissolved in early March and elections were scheduled to be held on 25th April.

However, as a result of the coronavirus the election has been postponed.

Deshapriya noted that the environment is clearly not conducive to prepare to hold an election even in May.

He said that it seems the new Parliament cannot convene by early June so the National Elections Commission has urged the President to seek the advise of the Supreme Court on the issue. (Colombo Gazette)

1 COMMENT

  1. The old Parliament could have gone on till August if it was not dissolved and they could have passed an interim budget. Where is the Great GL he can advise regarding the constitution if he is competent enough regarding constitutional law

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